Wellman, Manly Wade Island in the Sky
New York Avalon Books 1961 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good+ dust jacket
Illustrated by Emshwiller, Ed (cover)
First Edition in book form. Some edgewear/bumping, a little soiling along board edges. DJ enclosed in protective wrap, minor edgewear/chipping, front flap edge creased. Ex-library w/ pocket and "Date Due" slip but no other stamps. Text is clean, bright, and unmarked.
"After 20 years in prison, deep in the bowels of the earth, Blackie Peyton found himself a free man, back on the surface again. But it didn’t take him long to discover that his freedom was illusory, as was the freedom of everyone else in the city. The dreaded wars had come and gone; and the Airmen had taken control to rebuild from the ruins and prevent further conflict. All the survivors were gathered into cities, which had no contact with each other. All aircraft was restricted to the ruling class of Airmen, whose control was assured by the island in the sky - a platform a mile in diameter, atomic-powered and set in a closed orbit some 15 miles above Earth. From this point they could observe and control all that went on below. Any city in rebellion could quickly be bomber into submission. Here is a different novel of worlds to come, and tomorrow’s struggle for freedom."; Ex-Library; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall