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London: Printed in Great Britain and Published by Hamilton & Co. (Stafford) Limited, . Octavo, cover by George Ratcliffe, pictorial wrappers. First edition. A Panther Book. Mankind's attempt to reach the stars is thwarted by the Planners, an ancient race of aliens who control the universe and prevent immature and/or evil races from contaminating others. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 86. Harbottle and Holland A4.
London: Panther Books, . Octavo, cover by John Richards, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Panther No. 114. Third book of the "Resurgent Dust" trilogy. A remnant of mankind survives on Venus following a catastrophic atomic war on Earth which destroyed most life on the planet. Ultimately, the survivors rediscover science and emerge from a long dark age of superstition caused by fear of technology that resulted in mass destruction. In THE INDESTRUCTIBLE, a small exploring expedition is sent by spaceship from Venus to Earth which is ruled by the tyrannical "Overlord" and his telepathic henchmen. The Venusians and Earth's telepathic rebels defeat the Overlord and bring peace and freedom to the planet. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 91. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 246. Reginald 02497. Harbottle and Holland A54.