RED SNOW. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1930. Octavo, pp. i-ii [1-8] 1-409 [410: blank] [411: "A Note About the Author"] [412-414: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], stiff pictorial paper wrappers, blue endpapers, top edge stained blue. First edition. Mankind faces extinction due to a mysterious red snow that sterilized women. "The end of the human race, told with savage gusto." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1203. One of the few works of speculative fiction "from Capek's generation that compares favorably with anything by the Czech master. Its grand terminal event is the instant sterilization of the human race by a red snow that falls for ninety seconds all over the planet on August 17, 1935 ... The last man, Phaeton Andrews, die on Easter in A.D. 2027, after a lightning bolt has killed all his cronies. Or does he die? According to a rabbit who saw everything, a golden chariot with magnificent horses descended to Earth, a being -- not human -- gave Phaeton the reins, and the two of them rode, laughing heartily, up into the sky. The events of Greek mythology are adroitly reversed." - Wagar, Terminal Visions: The Literature of Last Things (1982), pp. 171-2. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 2-82. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 174-75. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 60. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, 162. Bleiler (1978), p. 144. Reginald 10478. An early volume in The Inner Sanctum Novels series, an experiment leading toward the reintroduction of the paperback. Wrappers rubbed at edges and a bit age-darkened, still a near fine copy. A nice copy of a fragile book that does not age gracefully. (#8749).
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