Ralph 124C41+.

By: Gernsback, Hugo

Price: £25.00

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Grading: Page edges browning, a little spine edge wear, a near fine (NF) copy.

Cherry Tree 406. Originally a 12-part serial in Modern Electronics in 1911, then a hardcover in 1925 (Stratford: Boston) and again 1950 (Frederick Fell), this is the first paperback edition, not being published in the USA as a Crest paperback till 1958. Cover art by Terry Maloney. In: Harbottle & Holland: British SF Paperbacks And Magazines 1949-1956: An Annotated Bibliography And Guide, B 70, pp.139.

''Gernsback's first and best-known novel is RALPH 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 (April 1911-March 1912 Modern Electrics; exp as fixup 1925; rev 1950). The story of a brilliant inventor who battles two villains on Earth and in space to win his true love Alice, Ralph is usually noted only for its inept writing and lengthy catalogue of scientific predictions, yet the novel merits attention because of the ways Gernsback uneasily blended several generic models - melodrama, the travel tale, Utopia, even touches of Gothic and satire - in an effort to achieve a workable vehicle for a story emphasizing scientific facts and predictions. In this way, the novel foreshadows and makes explicit many of the generic tensions that permeate later sf'' (Gary Westfahl/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Title: Ralph 124C41+.

Author Name: Gernsback, Hugo


Edition: First paperback ediition.

Publisher: Fantasy Books/Cherry Tree: London.: 1952.

Binding: Paperback original.

Grading: Page edges browning, a little spine edge wear, a near fine (NF) copy.

Seller ID: 05936