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1 Boyce, ChrisExtraterrestrial Encounter: A Personal Perspective (signed by the author). 19066
David & Charles: London. 1979.
First edition (& 1st printing).

''Scottish writer and newspaper research librarian who reportedly published his first sf, ''Autodestruct'', in 1964 in an issue of Storyteller Contest or International Storyteller which has not been traced. A further and better established genre sale was ''The Rig'' (September 1966 SF Impulse). Boyce's most important work was the sf novel Catchworld (1975), joint winner (with Charles Logan's Shipwreck [1975]) of the Gollancz/Sunday Times SF Novel Award. Catchworld is an ornate, sometimes overcomplicated tale combining sophisticated brain-computer interfaces and Space Opera; the transcendental bravura of the book's climax is memorable. In Brainfix (1980), a cautionary Near Future tale about social disorder in the UK, Boyce had the misfortune of predicting a rise in unemployment to an unheard-of three million in a fiction published just months before, in the harsh reality of the first Thatcher recession, it actually reached four million; he was also wrong about the government's need to use nerve gas extensively in order to control the people. EXTRATERRESTRIAL ENCOUNTER (1979) is a speculative nonfiction inquiry into Xenobiology and the search for extraterrestrial Intelligence'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for a little spotting along the very top edge of the rear inner flap.

Price: 15.00 GBP
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