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THE GORGON FESTIVAL
Bantam: [1st printing] November 1974 paperback (hardcover was in 1972.) Cover by Fred Pfeiffer, 184 pages, 95 cent cover price. Condition is near-Fine: tight and square with a flat spine; mild uniform age tanning; slight wear at upper-right corner of front cover & bare trace of rubbing front and back. A date is written in marker at the top of the first page - no other marks, stamps or writing.
The Gorgon Festival - set in California, somewhat in the future. An ambitious academic discovers a liquid that restores aging bodies to their peak of youthful perfection. The possessor of such a panacea could win untold wealth, the Nobel Prize, and the attentions of many of the world's most attractive women. But someone else has designs on the magic formula, wants to run a separate research and rejuvenation program - and exits with the elixir. The chase that ensues takes us into some of future California's most flamboyantly far-out purlieus before any semblance of sanity is restored. I really like the way Boyd takes an idea and runs with it to some rather strange places...