Some erased pencil residue front endpaper.; Signed by the author.; 8vo; 157 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 21769
Synopsis: Martino was a very important scientist, working on something called the K-88. But the K-88 exploded in his face, and he was dragged across the Soviet border. There he stayed for months. When they finally gave him back, the Soviets had given him a metal arm...and an expressionless metal skull. So how could Allied Security be sure he actually was Martino ?
About the Author: Algis Budrys sold his first science fiction novel in 1953. He has since sold eight additional novels and dozens of short stories, in addition to serving as editor of many books, magazines and anthologies over the last 50 years. He lives in Evanston Illinois with his wife, Edna.
Publisher: Gregg Press
Publication Date: 1979
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st hardcover.
Book Description Gregg Press, Boston, 1979. Octavo, cloth. First U.S. hardcover edition, first printing. Signed by Budry's on the front free endpaper. "An American scientist is badly injured in an explosion, then 'repaired' by Soviet doctors and returned to the USA. The problem is that he is now virtually a cyborg and no one can be sure of his identity. A clever cold-war thriller which established this young writer's reputation." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 419. "A strong indictment of the idiocies dignified at that time (and to a great extent still today) as 'security,' but a parable also of estrangement and alienation more generally." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-183. "Perhaps as fine a study of dehumanization and alienation as SF will ever produce." - Gene Wolfe. 1959 Hugo nominee. Filmed in 1973 with Elliott Gould and Trevor Howard, it is faithful to the concept of the novel. Retitled for the video release as Roboman, apparently to cash in on the Robocop craze. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2474-77. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (#155246). Seller Inventory # 155246