BUTLER, Octavia E
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc. 1978.
First edition / First printing. Hardcover. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Item #2502
Butler's third novel, an installment in her Patternmaster series that details a secret history of the world involving telepathy, shape-shifting, and a plague of extraterrestrial origin. The series earned Butler her reputation as a master of the science fiction genre, and she has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, among others, and been the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." She later came to disapprove of this title and has not allowed it to be reprinted since its initial hardcover and paperback print runs. Slight spine lean, tiny bump to upper board edge; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with one short edge tear (with associated light creasing) to front panel, and shallow chipping to the crown. A very scarce book by an important writer.