THE SHROUDED PLANET [by] Robert Randall [pseudonym]. New York: Gnome Press, Inc., Publishers, 1957. Octavo, boards. First edition. A first contact story in which Earthmen discover Nidor, a planet ruled by a theocracy. The average Nidorian considers change to be unthinkable: any deed or idea not authorized by the scriptures is taboo. The Earthmen's solution to an agricultural crisis results in overproduction, economic collapse, the Great Depression, depletion of the soil, and famine. A bitter radical plots to drive the Earthmen from Nidor. The story is continued in THE DAWNING LIGHT (1959). "A competent but unmemorable space adventure about human-alien contact by two of the most prolific magazine writers of the 1950s." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 327. Text block age-darkened (about average for this book), a fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#165542).
First edition so stated on copyright page.