By: Koontz, Dean R.

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Paperback Library 63-384. ''First Printing, July 1970'' on copyright page. Early sf novel (''Sam was a miracle being - and a curse to a dangerously overpopulated planet'') by an author subsequently far better known for his horror fiction.

''US author of much fiction under various names. He began his career with a number of sf novels; but since 1975 he has concentrated on horror. Koontz began publishing work of genre interest in 1966 with ''Kittens'' for Writers & Readers and sf proper in August 1967 with ''Soft Come the Dragons'' for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, which with other stories was collected in Soft Come the Dragons (1970). His first novel, Star Quest (1968), was followed by at least twenty more sf novels within half a decade. The sensibility that would find horror congenial quickly revealed itself in a tendency to write stories in which, cruelly and effectively, the boundaries of human identity were stretched. Monstrous children - who classically embody a horror at the potential aliens beneath the human skin - appear in Beastchild (1970; text restored 1992) and Demon Seed (1973), filmed as Demon Seed (1977); and mutants and cyborgs and robots appear throughout, notably in books like ANTI-MAN (1970) and A Werewolf Among Us (1973). As an sf writer, Koontz managed frequently to transcend the plotting conventions he seemed to obey and the forced ''darkness'' of imagery and style to which he was prone, and to create worlds of invasive mutability. Nightmare Journey (1975) stands out; though overcomplicated, it impressively depicts a world 100,000 years hence when humanity, thrust back from the stars by an incomprehensible alien intelligence, goes sour in the prison of Earth, where radioactivity has speeded mutation, causing a religious backlash'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Title: Anti-Man.

Author Name: Koontz, Dean R.


Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Paperback Library: NY.: 1970.

Binding: Paperback original.

Grading: Neat small ink-stamped name on first page, else a fine (unread) copy.

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