Downward Earth [Publisher's Archive Copy]. Robert Silverberg.
Downward Earth [Publisher's Archive Copy]

Downward Earth [Publisher's Archive Copy]

London: Gollancz, 1977. First British Edition. Octavo. Item #027453

190 pages. One of the masters of created languages and he leads the reader to assume that the nidoror are considerably less intelligent than humans, giving them a language that is narrow in range, simple in grammar before revealing this assumption is wrong. His work is consider a microcosm of the direction science fiction took in American beginning in the late 1960's, he returned to the genre which allowed both aesthetic excellence as well as being commercial enough to satisfy a writing career. Charles Elkins and Martin Harry Greenberg, edited, the work Robert Silverberg's Many Trapdoors: Critical Essays published by Greenwood gives his history and shows his importance in the New Ave writing. After his U.S. printing, Gollancz began to add his books for the emerging British market and his copy was one of their original printings which they reserved until they were forced to downsize. A near fine copy bound in maroon paper covered boards, spine lettering gilt, in a fine unclipped dust jacket.

Price: $125.00