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Piper, H. Beam
VG+ to near-Fine
Ace later (2nd/3rd?) printing 1977 paperback (copyright 1963; this is the first full-height printing.) Cover by Michael Whelan, 243 pages, $1.50 cover price. Condition is VG+ to near-Fine: tight and square; spine is flat with a ghost of a line near bottom; faint line next to spine. Age tanning is mild to moderate and uniform - the paper quality does not impress me, so you may not be able to do better for this edition. (White) back cover is showing a little age-darkening around edges. Previous owner's name written at top left inside cover - no other marks, stamps or writing.
Space Viking - was serialized in Analog in 4 parts November 1962 to February 1963. Iíve read this and liked this, but for a good summary, I quote from a review from Isaac Asimov's March 1984:
A few of my own comments: one of the things that makes this good is that while the story begins with tragedy and a mission of vengeance - that is not the whole point of the book. Somewhere in the day-to-day operations and decisions, a shift to rebuilding and re-civilizing occurs and eventually replaces Trask's vengeance mission. This is just as compulsively readable as anything by Bujold or Weber (2 of my current favorite authors.) It makes my "top 100" list for sure, and I end up re-reading it every few years. This, to me isn't so much "Space Opera" as its descendant: "literary Space Opera," or perhaps, just good Science Fiction.