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The Purple Cloud is widely hailed as a masterpiece of science fiction and one of the best "last man" novels ever written. A deadly purple vapor passes over the world and annihilates all living creatures except one man, Adam Jeffson. He embarks on an epic journey across a silent and devastated planet, an apocalyptic Robinson Crusoe putting together the semblance of a normal life from the flotsam and jetsam of his former existence. As he descends into madness over the years, he becomes increasingly aware that his survival was no accident and that his destiny -- and the fate of the human race -- are part of a profound, cosmological plan.About the Author:
M. P. Shiel's (1865 1947) long, distinguished writing career included such works as Prince Zaleski, The Lord of the Sea and The Yellow Peril. John Clute is the author of Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (winner of the Hugo Award) and coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (winner of the Hugo and Locus Awards).
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Book Description Tartarus Press, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. hardcover in mylar protected dust jacket. purchased new, unused; no marks. not remaindered, not exlib, not book club, dj price intact. 1 of 400 editions, first thus. fiction hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 1224
Book Description Tartarus Press, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Tartarus Press. Coverley House, Carlton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4AY, United Kingdom, 2004. Hardcover. Sewn Binding. pp 286+xv. UK FIRST EDITION. AS NEW and an UNREAD copy. LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies. Full Print Run Limited to 400 copies. OUT OF PRINT. Introduction by Brian Stableford. With black and white illustrations by J.J. Cameron, which are interspersed throughout the book. Printed lithographically on 130gsm acid-free paper, in purple wibalin cloth stamped in gilt, purple silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands and d/w. Illustrated. Fine book in Fine dust jacket. Please see the photographs attached to my listing to verify the condition of this book. Purple Cloud (The) Synopsis: REVIEWS: "Tartarus has done us proud. This is a beautifully made edition of a remarkable novel, together with the original magazine illustrations finely reproduced, and an illuminating introduction. Moreover, The Purple Cloud is worth reading quite apart from its considerable literary merits, as an important and influential genre work." - Reggie Oliver, All Hallows "An acknowledged classic of post-apocalyptic science fiction, Shiel's ode to human persistence and his harsh physical/spiritual evolution marked a return to the author's decadent style of composition!"- William Simmons, Hellnotes. Bookseller Inventory # WFTB #068