EMPIRE OF THE ATOM. Chicago: Shasta Publishers, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Adhesive label signed by van Vogt affixed to the half title page. A mutant boy rises to power in a barbaric post-nuclear war "culture where radioactive elements are worshiped as gods and scientist-priests monopolize atomic power" (Brians). "A space opera of courtly intrigue which is modeled on Robert Graves's historical novels about the emperor Claudius" (Pringle). A novelization of a series of five stories published in ASTOUNDING between May 1946 and December 1947. The sequel is THE WIZARD OF LINN (1950; 1962). A fine copy in very good dust jacket with wear at spine ends and corner tips, some tanning, and several small spots on the rear panel. (#163547).
First edition so stated on copyright page.