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0519 A Man of Affairs

January 11, 2014
0519 Man Of Affairs, A 800
  • Title: A Man of Affairs
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1959
  • Publisher: Robert Hale
  • Collection #: B59-6670
  • Cover Price: 10/6
  • Cover Artist: unknown

Every time I dial up a Robert Hale JDM, it’s a good day. It’s like reading science fiction by Arthur C. Clarke. There are SF authors that have written more (Asimov), did more to elevate SF to an accepted genre (Heinlein), and have more solid science (Niven), but Clarke still wrote a lot, did elevate SF, and did have solid science. Best of all, he never wrote a bad story, something I can’t say about any of the others (*coughasimovcough*).

And here’s another great Hale cover. Despite having just finished the story not long ago, I can’t figure out what the man is looking at, but who cares? Look at his expression. Look at those hands. Look at the palm fronds waving in the wind. And the spider web just tops it off.

Why does this cover remind me of Murder in the Wind? Oh, yeah.

Jared has of review of the book here.


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