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Renowned scientist John Sinclair and his old school friend Richard, a celebrated composer, are enjoying a climbing expedition in the Scottish Highlands when Sinclair disappears without a trace for thirteen hours. When he resurfaces with no explanation for his disappearance, he has undergone an uncanny alteration: a birthmark on his back has vanished. But stranger events are yet to come: things are normal enough in Britain, but in France it's 1917 and World War I is raging, Greece is in the Golden Age of Pericles, America seems to have reverted to the 18th century, and Russia and China are thousands of years in the future.
Against this macabre backdrop of coexisting time spheres, the two young men risk their lives to unravel the truth. But truth is in the mind of the beholder, and who is to say which of these timelines is the 'real' one? In October the First Is Too Late (1966), world-famous astrophysicist Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) explores fascinating concepts of time and consciousness in the form of a thrilling science fiction adventure that ranks among his very best.
'Fred Hoyle is the John Buchan of science fiction. His fantasies are not only rooted in scientific possibility but are told at a galloping pace.' - Julian Jebb, Sunday Times
'Fine storytelling.' - Kirkus Reviews
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Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1970. Brown hardback cloth cover. Reprint. 200pp. G: in Good condition without dust jacket. Ex-lib. Fep missing. Seller Inventory # hoy36a
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR005700522
Book Description Harper & Row. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2836404313
Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, 1966. Condition: Good. 1966. 199 pages. Pictorial jacket over brown boards. Neat clean pages with light finger marks to text page edges. Small bumps to corners. Some rubbing to the board edges and wear to the spine ends. One or two marks to front and rear boards. Fair wear to dust jacket with tears, nicks and creases to the spine, edges and corners. Jacket is in removable plastic cover. Seller Inventory # 1501149815ANM
Book Description Science Fiction Book Club (Heinemann), 1967. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1967 Science Fiction Book Club hardback by arrangement with Heinemann. Some wear to dust-jacket. Internally very good. L5. Book. Seller Inventory # 00-4F0S-0FBM0119T203080