THE SYNDIC. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1953. Octavo, boards. First edition. "A very different reading of the New York underworld from that of the GODFATHER. In a future New York, the Syndic has evolved into a free, highly permissive society, with what used to be 'protection' functioning as a mild form of taxation. Chicago's mob is quite the opposite, a brutal police state. A U.S. government-in-exile on the Irish coast complicates the picture. Faced with all these menaces, the Syndic is told by the hero that it must prepare for war and, in violation of its permissive principles, institute a military draft. But its genial philosopher-king refuses on the ground that the Syndic would then no longer be the Syndic. Kornbluth at his wickedly fun-poking best." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-612. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2211-14. Bookplate of R. J. Browne affixed to front free endpaper. Boards a trifle faded (as is usually the case), a fine copy in very good or better dust jacket with some fade to spine panel and light wear at spine ends and corner tips. A nice copy. (#73690).
First edition so stated on copyright page.