The Navigator Of Rhada.

By: Coppel, Alfred (writing as "Robert Gilman")

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Grading: Just a little browning along page edges, else a fine copy in a near fine dustjacket.


Young adult sf novel, second in the trilogy. With the signature of sf author John Clute on the front free endpaper.

''he began publishing sf with ''Age of Unreason'' for Astounding in December 1947, and published a good deal of magazine fiction in the next decade, though he was in fact producing considerably more in other genres with such action novels as Hero Driver (1954). His first sf novel was Dark December (1960), an extremely effective Post-Holocaust quest story set in a nuclear-war-devastated USA; the protagonist's search for his lost family, bedevilled by fanatics and complicated by his new-found pacifism, remains surprisingly engaging. As Robert Gilman, Coppel published the Rhada Space-Opera sequence for tough, older children: The Rebel of Rhada (1968), THE NAVIGATOR OF RHADA (1969) and The Starkahn of Rhada (1970) are not easy reading, and neither is the prequel The Warlock of Rhada (1985). Although Coppel's energies were, for most of his career, focused on non-sf projects, the Goldenwing Cycle - comprising Glory (1993), Glory's War (1995) and Glory's People (1996) - is a fully idiomatic series of glowingly mature Space Opera tales in which the eponymous, intricately realized FTL ship travels from one planetary system to another - each of them modelled on historical human societies, including an apartheid-ridden South Africa and traditional Japan - in a gradually intensifying effort to enlist support against a looming menace from outside the local galaxy. That the sequence owes much to Cordwainer Smith and Gene Wolfe attests to Coppel's good choice in models. The series stops without coming to a climax; but Coppel's return to sf late in life, though short in duration, was revelatory while it lasted'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Title: The Navigator Of Rhada.

Author Name: Coppel, Alfred (writing as "Robert Gilman")

Categories: Current Catalogue,

Edition: First British edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Victor Gollancz: London.: 1971.

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Just a little browning along page edges, else a fine copy in a near fine dustjacket.

Seller ID: 06003