RED ALERT. New York: Ace Books, Inc., . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First U.S. edition. Ace Books D350. Published in Britain in 1958 as TWO HOURS TO DOOM. In the this tale of push button warfare, disaster is averted at the last moment by pure luck because the attacking bomber crashes and the Russian's doomsday device is not activated. The novel was the source for the darkly comic 1963 film, Dr. Stangelove, in which the attacking bomber drops its bomb and the doomsday device goes off, ending the world. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-172. Brians, Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984, p. 204. Text paper tanned, cover edges lightly rubbed, a very good copy. (#163984).
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