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    Bernard Wolfe. Limbo. New York: [1952]. First edition.

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    Bernard Wolfe. Limbo. New York: Random House, [1952]. First edition. Octavo. [x], 432, [433: quotation page], [434: blank], [435]-438: Author's Notes and Warnings. Publisher's black cloth, spine and front board lettered and decoratively stamped in yellow and green. A little spotting to cloth along upper edge of front cover, a nearly fine copy in a bright, nearly fine dust jacket with some mild rubbing to spine panel, touch of wear to spine ends and corners tips, and several tiny internal tape mends.

    "Describes a pacifist but masochist society in 1990, whose members have their limbs amputated and replaced by more efficient plastic appliances." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 159. "On its literary merits ... Limbo is one of the best American dystopias ever written, fully comparable with We, Brave New World, and Nineteen Eighty-Four." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1221-5. "Limbo and Vonnegut's Player Piano, both written in 1952, are without question the two outstanding novels exploring the dystopian future vision of computers and automation. Vonnegut's novel is a better one artistically, but Wolfe's is creative in its images of a future that might be possible with technologies based on cybernetic concepts, and it is penetrating in its insights about human nature." - Warrick, pp. 147-50. "Zany, action packed, Joycean in style, Limbo is formally and conceptually complex and unremittingly analytical, both politically and psychologically." - David N. Samuelson and Curtis C. Smith (eds), Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers, p. 595. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1279. Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 65-7; 181-2. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 95. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 212. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1208. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 6. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 245.

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