"Leviathan '99" by Ray Bradbury. Easton Press. Norwalk, CT. 2007. 96 pages. Signed First Edition - Includes Certificate of Authenticity from Easton Press. One of only 1000 copies signed by the author, a gorgeous volume with original frontispiece artwork by Mark Zug.
Makes a lovely gift for the serious collector or science fiction fan in your life. This magnificent volume is part of the Signed First Edition of Science Fiction collection by Easton Press. Beautifully illustrated and bound in full genuine leather with elegant gold detailing.
Condition: Very fine without any flaws. A wonderful bright clean copy. Unread book with no bumped corners. Sharp corners. No marks, writings or stamps. All photos of actual book.
Ray Bradbury, America's most beloved storyteller, has spent a lifetime carrying readers to exhilarating and dangerous places, from dark street comers in unfamiliar cities and towns to the edge of the universe. "Leviathan '99" transplants the themes and story line of Melville's classic to outer space. Ishmael here is astronaut Ishmael Hunnicut Jones, Queequeg a towering alien named Quell, and Ahab a maniacal, blind starship captain. Instead of a white whale, the captain's nemesis is a planet-devouring comet known as Leviathan.
Leviathan 99, which Mr. Bradbury describes as Moby-Dick in outer space, was started in the 50s, and though he has revisited it sporadically over the years, it was originally intended as a radio script for Norman Corwin. It follows Ishmael Jones as he accompanies a blind, maniacal captain of the largest interstellar spaceship ever built, tracking a great white comet. - New York Times
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About The AuthorRay Bradbury (August 22, 1920 - June 5, 2012) published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was twenty years old. Among his many famous works are "Fahrenheit 451," "The Illustrated Man," and "The Martian Chronicles."
Bradbury sold his first story, "The Lake," for $13.75 at the age of twenty-two. He became a full-time writer by the end of 1942. His first collection of short stories, "Dark Carnival," was published in 1947 by Arkham House, a small press in Sauk City, Wisconsin, owned by writer August Derleth. Reviewing "Dark Carnival" for the New York Herald Tribune, Will Cuppy proclaimed Bradbury "suitable for general consumption" and predicted that he would become a writer of the caliber of British fantasy author John Collier.
Besides his fiction work, Bradbury wrote many short essays on the arts and culture, attracting the attention of critics in this field. Bradbury also hosted "The Ray Bradbury Theater," which was based on his short stories. Bradbury was a consultant for the American Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair and the original exhibit housed in Epcot's Spaceship Earth geosphere at Walt Disney World.
Bradbury was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters for contributions to American literature, The Benjamin Franklin Award, the National Medal of the Arts, and a Pulitzer Prize special citation for prolific and unmatched career and influence.
A wonderful bright clean copy free of any markings, writings, or stamps. Sharp corners that have not been bumped. Tight binding. Most likely an unread book. No bookplates attached or indication of any removed. The gilded page edges are free of any marks, scratches, or blemishes.
- Easton Press
- Easton Press (2007)
- Full Genuine Leather
- Signed First Edition
- Very Fine