Sands of Mars. Arthur C. Clarke.
Sands of Mars

Sands of Mars

New York, NY: Gnome Press Inc., 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. "Among the innumerable science fiction books appearing nowadays too many are plainly fictitious, lacking the strength of reality. Not so this remarkable novel. This is a novel which is vibrantly alive, consistent with truths. It is soundly, not wildly imaginative and the reader is certain to be left with a profound impression; this is a story of tomorrow which the author, with complete believability, has brought to life today." (from front flap) A classic early science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), the great British-born writer, inventor & television personality probably most famous for co-writing the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey with the iconic film's director, Stanley Kubrick. Brilliantly prescient & prolific, Clarke wrote fiction & non-fiction concerning the furthest advances & speculations of science. In this work, he writes about a space voyage to & the building of a human colony on Mars. While only unmanned spacecraft have as yet touched the surface & surveyed that planet, we can see Clarke's vision possibly becoming reality in the not-too-distant future. First USA edition ("First Edition" as stated on copyright page), hardcover in original dust jacket. A very important & desirable collectible in the Clarke canon. Book in fine condition with only very light wear to front, back covers & spine (red paper boards); moderate wear, small bumps & some loss of paper at edges & corners of same; mild rubbing, browning & occasional small-to-tiny stain-spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only light browning esp. at blank edges & margins of page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of a few of same. Unclipped dust jacket in relatively near-fine condition with only mild-to-moderate rubbing to front, back covers & spine; moderate wear & a few tiny bumps with loss of paper at edges & esp. corners of same; one small, vertical closed tear at middle of upper edge of back cover (which advertises four contemporary science fiction compilations). Fine / Near Fine. [Item #3320]

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