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1971. The World Menders
1974. The Light That Never Was

About the Author:
Lloyd Biggle Jr decided he wanted to be a writer at the age of nine. Then he devoted some 20 years to the study of music, and as a result, may qualify as the only science fiction writer to possess a Ph.D in musicology. One of his favourite pursuits was to play clarinet in chamber music concerts in his home state of Michigan, where he lived with Ypsilanti his wife and two children. He possessed a guinea-pig called Schopenhauer.
He edited the Nebula Award Stories No. 7 for the Science Fiction Writers of America.

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Biggle Jr, Lloyd. 'The World Menders', published by The Elmfield Press in 1971 in hardcover, 206pp. Very good condition highly collectable 1st Edition. Clean & tidy copy. Price: £9.99, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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    First published in 1971 in the UK by Elmfield Press as Morley Books, ISBN 0705700240
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Story: On the world of Branoff IV, in the lovely land of Scorvif, live the Rascz, an industrious, artistic and highly civilised race. Few of them are aware that their prosperous civilisation is totally dependent on the Olz, a race of slaves owned by their god-emperor. The Olz till the fields and work the forests and mines, but their reward is starvation and the vicious discipline of the whip. Cultural Survey trainee Cedd Farrari takes up a routine post at the Interplanetary Relations Bureau observing Branoff IV. He is shocked by the plight of the Olz and dedicates himself to their liberation. But to achieve this he must become one of them, sharing their misery, until he finds himself leading the Olz in a bizarre rebellion.

 

Biggle Jr, Lloyd. 'The Light That Never Was', published by Elmfield Press, 1974, 1st Edition, hardcover, with dustjacket (not price-clipped). Very good condition copy, highly collectable. Price: £8.75, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75, more for overseas buyers)
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  • The Light That Never Was [top]
    First published in 1974 in the UK by Elmfield Press as Morley Books (ISBN 0705700380)
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Story: Art and politics rarely co-exist without friction-except on Donov, a planet devoted to artists who paint souvenir pictures of Donov's remarkable light effects for sale to tourists, whom the government encourages to the extent of having transformed the whole planet into a multi-million pound resort. But disorder is rife on the outer planets of the galaxy where animaloids-non human life forms-are demanding rejection of the arbitrary classification of themselves as inferior to humans. The possibility that the animaloid minds might actually be superior is never entertained-until a leading art critic receives a brilliant painting from a mysterious source on Donov and discovers that it may be the work of a non-human intelligence. This very real moral problem forms the basis of a thrilling science-fiction story.

 



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