AUTOMATED ALICE. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., . Octavo, illustrations by Harry Trumbore, cloth-backed boards. First U.S. edition. Alice finds herself in a postmodern, alternative near future Manchester where she is the prime suspect in a series of Jigsaw Murders and is pursued by the Civil Serpents. She is befriended by Celia, her automated alter ego, a gun-toting robot. "AUTOMATED ALICE makes explicit the structural parallels between Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1865) and the toxic realms within Manchester, though the tale itself segues into realms distant from this Earth, or SF." - John Clute, SFE (online). The author's third novel. This Crown edition was published simultaneously or just shortly after the UK Doubleday edition. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#42658).
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