(#173410) THE TRIUNEVERSE: A SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE. By the author of "Space and Spirit." R. A. Kennedy.

THE TRIUNEVERSE: A SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE. By the author of "Space and Spirit." London: Charles Knight and Co., Ltd., 1912. Octavo, [i-viii] ix [x] xi-xiv [1] 2-221 [222: blank], original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. First issue with spurious title page dated "1962" not altered to read "1912." "A novel set in the future in which the solar system is sundered by a change in the fabric of the universe. Mars breaks up, and a gigantic, amoeboid Martian organism develops in space. The bulk of the book, however, is taken up with the exposition of a complex theory of the universe, with only a thread of narrative as a skeleton." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 15. "No biographical details are available in relation to R. A. Kennedy, who was arguably the most adventurous of the writers who used scientific romance as a framework for thought-experiments in metaphysics. His first book was an essay, SPACE AND SPIRIT: A COMMENTARY UPON THE WORK OF SIR OLIVER LODGE ENTITLED 'LIFE AND MATTER' (1909), but he followed this in 1912 with THE TRIUNEVERSE: A SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE (1912), which is built around the hypothesis that there is a hierarchy of universes, whereby the atoms in our universe are worlds in their own right, and our own solar system is but an atom in a greater perspective. It also embodies the notion that worlds might be living organisms, and in the course of the story Mars undergoes repeated binary fission before its clones begin devouring other bodies in the solar system." - Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, p. 138. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 41. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 662. Bleiler (1978), p. 113. Reginald 08165. Publisher's "review copy" stamp on title page. Cloth worn along edges, spine a bit dust soiled, page edges browned, a solid, good copy. (#173410).

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