Books of the Week

Get your new year off to a good start by examining a few highlights from around the abaa.org website or found within the pages of members’ latest rare book catalogs . Cassic orange Penguins always eye-catching. This one is was also an influential part of early science fiction. The Quatermass Experiment: A Play for Television Six Parts Description: [Harmondsworth, Middlesex]: Penguin , [1959].. Small octavo, printed wrappers. First edition. Prints Kneale’s revised script for the first of the three BBC Quatermass serials aired 1953, 1955 and 1958/1959 respectively. Includes film stills. "Effective melodrama and social satire for its time." – Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-231. "Excellent scripts." – Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 294. "With hindsight, there is a clear pattern Kneale’s work which ordinary people seen as stupid and ignorant, and ready prey for the supernatural or science-fictional forces will almost inevitably attempt to control them. There is a seigneurial, Edwardian element in this, a recoiling from the vulgar. This is a point worth belaboring, because Kneale was certainly a much better than average scriptwriter — the Quatermass series especially is exemplary — and […]

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