QUOTE (Stu @ Oct 26 2009, 03:09 PM)
Anyone else had a "Ha! You're coming home with ME!" experience with a classic UMSF-related book in a 2nd hand store?
Arthur C. Clarke's The Exploration of Space
-- one dollar. Book Club edition from 1952.
Someone pasted the Book of the Month Club's flyer in the front:
One hundred and fifty years ago it was demonstrated that steamships could never cross the Atlantic. As late as 1903 is was proved that man could not fly. As we consider Arthur C. Clarke's The Exploration of Space, it is no more than fair to keep such facts in mind. Otherwise the offering of such a book to our level-headed membership might seem a fantastic gesture.
Yet, as matters stand now in 1952, it is becoming increasingly clear that within a half century (many scientists would say sooner) an attempt will be made to circumnavigate the Moon with an instrument-bearing rocket. Bolder spirits talk of an actual landing...
18 years later...