Chicago: Shasta Publishers, (1953). First edition. Award-winning science fiction author Poul Anderson’s copy, with his signature on the front flyleaf. A science fiction detective novel set in the 24th century in which the most talented mutant law enforcer, or Esper, in the world is matched against the richest man in the world. This is one of the best examples of the double genre and was awarded the first Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1953. A fine, bright copy in cloth-backed boards and a fine dust wrapper that shows only a hint of creasing at the head and tail of the spine. Item #27716
(Barron 3-17; Pringle 7).