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The Black Flame

Weinbaum, Stanley G.

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ISBN 10: 0964832089 / ISBN 13: 9780964832084
Editorial: Tachyon Publications
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1995 - Trade Paperback. Book is in very good condition. Book has stamp inside front cover, minor shelf wear on edges, light stains on page edges. Free tracking with domestic orders. MD SKU-6935509. N° de ref. de la librería SKU-6935509

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Título: The Black Flame

Editorial: Tachyon Publications

Encuadernación: Paperback

Condición del libro:Used - Very Good

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Toward the end of the Twentieth Century—so say historians of the age of the Second Enlightenment—civilization died in a blaze of atomic and bacterial warfare. Barbarism followed the holocaust, the Dark Centuries during which humanity rested and prepared for a charge to new heights of development. Amid the ruins of one civilization, another and greater slowly grew. Old records were rediscovered, new knowledge was added to that of the Ancients. Then came the discovery of immortality, and Joaquin Smith and his especially beautiful sister, Margaret, began their search for power—and the story of the Black Flame begins. Black Margot, they called her, this most beautiful woman of the Immortals, “a black flame blowing cold across the world.” The Black Flame, loved by men, hated by women—vibrantly alive, yet bored with living—restless as though demon-driven—who did not age, who remains untouched by the passing of time. In Margot of Urbs, Stanley G. Weinbaum has created one of the most fascinating characters in science fiction. There are others—good, honest Hull Tarvish of the “mountainies”—old Einar, who rediscovers atomic energy—Tim Connor, who awakens from a thousand year sleep, a victim of enforced electrolepsis, a man from the forgotten past—Evanie Sair, the Sorceress—Joaquin Smith, the Master—Martin Sair, the giver of life—Jan Orm who leads a revolution, and others. Contains "The Black Flame" and "Dawn of Flame".

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. . . the development of the plot turns on character change. The Flame remarks . . . that "to be human is to love and suffer," and that to the "young minds" of sf fandom, was terrifying heresy. The Black Flame was probably the first pulp sf novel in which characters are driven not so much by a need to save the world or perfect the Extra-Cosmic Hamiframis, but by the their intimate personal feelings. It was a genuine achievement that, even posthumously, Weinbaum could get away with such a notion. -The New York Review of Science Fiction

. . . a jewel of a novel from the Golden Age of science fiction. The book bursts with fine detail keenly rendered. - Inner Journeys

. . . I marvel at the sight of Weinbaum heroically hewing modern SF out of a lump of granite, using primitive tools and raw power. Sam Moskowitz's intro is a just-the-facts-ma'am narrative of the struggles endured by Weinabaum to sell this book, which - Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

In his short career, Stanley G. Weinbaum revolutionized science fiction. We are still exploring the themes he gave us. How good to have this early work again, and now with the author's complete text. It is not only of great historical interest, it is a colorful, inventive, and exciting story. - Poul Anderson

Stanley G. Weinbaum's name deserves to rank with those of Wells and Heinlein - and no more than a handful of others - as among the great shapers of modern science fiction. Sadly, most of the marvelous works he produced in his all too brief career were in the form of short stories and novelettes, and so are overlooked by many of today's readers. Which is all the more reason to rejoice that Tachyon Publications has brought his novel, The Black Flame, back into print for us to read - and moreover, for the first time, it is published just as Weinbaum wrote it. - Frederik Pohl

During the single year of 1935, Astounding published seven stories by Weinbaum; and in March 1936 . . . his obituary. His entire career had spanned little more than eighteen months, and is the saddest "what might have been" in the whole history of science fiction. - Arthur C. Clarke

Somehow [Weinbaum] had the imagination to envisage wholly alien situations and psychologies and entities, to devise consistent events from wholly alien motives and to refrain from the cheap dramatics in which all adventure-pulpists wallow. - H.P. Lovecraft

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