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Communion. A True Story [And:] Transformation. The Breakthrough
Beech Tree Books. William Morrow, New York 1988 - First edition, advance copy with inserted review slip. 2 vols. 8vo. Disch on Strieber's 'Communion'. Horror novelist Whitley Strieber (The Hunger, The Wolfen, etc.) published the controversial best seller Communion in early 1987, as a true account of his encounters with intelligent humanoids in December 1985. Science fiction author Thomas M. Disch published a profoundly skeptical review of the book in the 14 March 1987 issue of The Nation, noting Strieber's systematic equivocation about the reality of the "enigmatic visitors" while also examining the author's style and the relation of the book to his other writings. "Novelists, especially horror novelists, know all kinds of ways to make the implausible seem plausible. It's what they're paid for." Disch's essay on Communion and its sequel, Transformation, and related UFO titles, forms a central chapter of his book The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made of (1998). His annotations - textual points, "Howlers", and other observations - record his critical thinking in action."Because of his intellectual audacity, the chillingly distanced mannerism of his narrative art, the austerity of the pleasures he affords, and the fine cruelty of his wit, [Disch] has been perhaps the most respected, least trusted, most envied and least read of all modern first-rank sf writers" (Encyclopedia of Science Fiction).With an inserted autograph postcard from John Crowley to Disch remarking upon the advance paid to Strieber; and various newspaper reviews and articles, including letters of Strieber and Disch in the 28 March issue of The Nation, Gregory Benford's skeptical essay from the New York Times Book Review; and accompanied by Disch's copy of Cutting Edge (Doubleday, 1986), an anthology of horror stories edited by Dennis Etchison, annotated at Strieber's short story "Pain", described in the story afterword as "the last thing he wrote while still unconscious of the events recounted in Communion".An interesting glimpse into Disch's critical process, and a brilliant dissection of a popular controversy. Cloth backed boards, pictorial dust jackets. Each volume signed by Disch and bearing his annotations in text and on the back endpapers. Near fine in near fine dust jackets First edition, advance copy with inserted review slip. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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