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0067 Planet of the Dreamers

August 5, 2011

  • Title: Planet of the Dreamers
  • Canon: Wine of the Dreamers
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1953
  • Publisher: Pocket
  • Collection #: 943
  • Cover Price: $0.25
  • Cover Artist: Rod Dunham


We have here the first paperback edition of Planet of the Dreamers, or Wine of the Dreamers, as MacDonald preferred to call it. I’m not too impressed with JDM’s science fiction novels, with the single exception of The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything, which straddles sci-fi, fantasy, and humor in an odd three-legged stance more suited to Paul McCartney’s dog. It’s not because old science fiction loses its luster so many years after it is written, although it does. I have read lots — I mean lots — of very old science fiction, including recently a collection of 60 year old stories including one by Johnny himself — “The Miniature” — which I enjoyed. Dreamers just didn’t grab me; nor did his other full-length sf effort, Ballroom of the Skies. A review of sorts is available here.

I like the cover, though. This is Rod Dunham’s only JDM effort that I know of, but I remember it from seeing it as a child. I simply cannot believe that I never noticed that the astronaut is lighting a cigaret in a spacesuit. First rate.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a UK (intended for sale in Australia) hardcover version of Wine of the Dreamers, titled Planet of the Dreamers, printed in 1962 by Transworld Publishers as Corgi SS1143. My cover price is 4/6.

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