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Tight and square - probably unread. Mild rubbing and transfer wear to front cover - more noticeable wear on back cover (see scans.) Age tanning is very mild and uniform - better than expected for its age.
Alpha 5 (1974) - edited by Robert Silverberg. A reprint anthology - stories from 1943 to 1971 (half from the late Sixties.) The editorial concept is that stories “will center on no particular theme except literary quality… I propose to cull the files of the science fiction magazines for stories that an educated and sophisticated reader will find stimulating. Some of the stories will be 15 or 20 years old and richly in need of restoration to print. Others will be quite recent: the literary level of science fiction has undergone an extraordinary transformation in the past few years, a fact that demands recognition here.” [A quote from the introduction to Alpha 8, where Silverberg is quoting from his introduction to Alpha One to show that his policy has stayed the same...]
(Introduction by Robert Silverberg)