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(reprint) omnibus: 1978
Gregg Press: "First Printing" April 1978 hardcover. Cover by Jack Gaughan (same cover-art used for all 7 volumes of this set.) Condition is Fine in a near-Fine dustjacket: the book is tight and square, with very mild or negligible age-tanning. No stamps, marks or writing - a clean copy that looks unread. The DJ is in nice shape with no tears and a little wear at upper right corner of back cover near spine (see scans.)
A note about the Gregg Press hardcover editions. Their print runs were low (typically 500 to 700?) and their quality is high: acid free paper, so age-tanning is negligible; the binding is sewn, and the boards are heavier than most. They will last much longer than the original, if there was one.
Two Worlds, a pair of short novels by Poul Anderson: Question and Answer, and World Without Stars. Both of these appeared earlier as paperbacks (the 1st as part of an Ace Double in 1956), and both were part of The Worlds of Poul Anderson, a 1974 omnibus from Ace Books. As with most Gregg Press editions, this is the first American hardcover edition (both of these had first hardcover editions from Dobson in Britain.)
Question and Answer - (serialized using this title in AstoundingJune & July 1954.) Book title was Planet of No Return, as half of an Ace-Double in 1956. An overpopulated Earth finally finds a habitable world to colonize, and discovers hidden enemies. As Poul Anderson aludes to in his introduction, this was originally commissioned to be part of a Twayne Triplet anthology in the mid-Fifties (which never came out.) [Another story in for this set was Asimov's "Sucker Bait."]
World Without Stars (serialized as "The Ancient Gods" in Analog June & July 1966.) First paperback in 1967 with the current title. The starship Meteor crashlands on a planet in the vast gulf between the galaxies. The native Ai Chun insisted that their planet was the only world - created by themselves, the omnipotent god-race of the universe. They feel the Earthmen's claim to come by starship from another world light-years away is blasphemous…
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