CRACKEN AT CRITICAL: A NOVEL IN THREE ACTS. [Worcester Park, Surrey]: Kerosina Books, 1987. Octavo, cloth. First British edition. One of 250 numbered copies signed by Aldiss. Fix-up novel in which "the author has built a framing narrative, about an alternative Europe still under Nazi domination, around two old space adventure novellas from the 1950s ... The modern story is fine, but, unfortunately, it comprises less than a fifth of the whole book." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 80. Text revised from that of the earlier U.S. edition published as THE YEAR BEFORE YESTERDAY. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Enclosed in cloth slipcase with a copy of the hardbound issue (300 numbered copies) of Aldiss's The Magic of the Past that collects the title story and "North Scarning." (#169215).
"250 copies of Cracken at Critical have been cloth bound, signed by / the author and numbered; they have been slip-cased with a / hardcover copy of The Magic of the Past. These copies comprise the / collector's edition" on copyright page.