ANTI-ICE. [London]: HarperCollinsPublishers, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Nice signed inscription by Baxter to "Jim" on the title page. The author's third novel. "An alternate history set in an England transfigured into a Steampunk dystopia by the discovery of the eponymous superconductor –- extracted from a fallen moonlet –- which explodes with nuclear force when heated, but which is also capable of powering spaceships." - John Clute, SFE (online). "Victorian scientists discover a volatile substance in an Antarctic meteorite, and use it to win the Crimean War. From this stems a glorious new development for the British Empire, involving land leviathans and a flight to the Moon, although all is not as rosy as it seems." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 16. "There have been clues throughout that England is turning into a deeply unpleasant country ... It is, in the end, an extremely tricky, sly, shocking, subversive little book." - John Clute. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#89077).
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