Title The Deep.
Book Condition Page edges browned as usual (cheap paper), else a fine copy in a fine dustjacket but for lighte rubbing to rear (black) panel.
Edition First British edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher New English Library (NEL): London. 1977.
0450030695 / 9780450030697
Seller ID 29102
SF novel, the author's first book. A very uncommon UK hardcover edition, small-sized hardcover, cheaply made with a tiny print run issued for libraries: wonderful dustjacket art by Wayne Anderson.
''his first sf novel, THE DEEP (1975), is set on a flat discworld resting on a pillar that extends beyond measurement into the circumambient Deep, in which very few stars are visible. On this disc complex feudal conflicts, which seem interminably to repeat a bad year from the Wars of the Roses, are regulated, maintained and when necessary fomented for its own pleasure by the mysterious Being who originally transported to this strange new domain its present inhabitants - humans whose own world was dying. Though the story is told from various points of view, the reader's main perspective is through the eyes of a damaged android with memory problems sent to record events by the disc's peculiar God. Using sources as widely divergent as James Branch Cabell's Biography of the Life of Manuel, Philip Jose Farmer's World of Tiers novels and E.R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros (1922), the author constructed a story whose free and supple use of numerous generic conventions marks it as the sort of tale possible only late in the life of any genre'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).