MURDER IN MILLENNIUM VI. Chicago: Shasta Publishers, [1951]. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Brief signed inscription by Gray on front free endpaper. The author's first (only?) published novel. A "complex SF novel" in which "a homicide case shakes a matriarchal dystopia thousands of years hence into the near far future -- murder being inexplicable to the inhabitants of this world. The focus of interest in the novel is the gradual unveiling of the fact that a slow transition -- not back to patriarchy but to some synthesis -- is under way." - SFE (online). A "murder in matriarchal society that has 'forgotten' death provides mystery story to describe world of big, flat-chested women, small men, and food pills in fascinating scenario of alternate Earth." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-180. Discussed by Damon Knight (In Search of Wonder, pp. 121-125) who concludes: Gray's future world, where it's visible, is a masterly job -- and the picture carries conviction even where (perhaps because) it's incomplete." Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985 (1988), p. 240. Touch of soiling to white cloth, a nearly fine copy in very good, attractive dust jacket with some rubbing to black background ink at spine ends, corner tips and along front flap fold and 24 mm closed tear at top edge of front flap fold. (#74467).

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