This is the fifth in a series edited by Edmund Crispin, and designed to clarify the differences and similarities between science and science fiction, at a time when science was making such huge strides as to blur the boundaries between the two. The first collection appeared in 1955, and the next three in 1956, 1958, and 1961 respectively. This volume was published in 1963, and two subsequent books in 1966 and 1970.
Robert Bruce Montgomery [aka Edmund Crispin] (1921-1978), remains best known for his nine 'Gervase Fen' detective novels. A man of many talents, he reviewed crime fiction for the Sunday Times and, as a composer – always under his real name – wrote respected choral music in the 1940s and the scores for many UK films of the 1950s and 1960s, including several of the "Carry On" comedy series. Crispin's selection of SF stories showed him to be thoroughly familiar with the genre in both magazine and book form, and his introductions to all seven volumes are both informed and illuminating.
Our copy is in very good condition, with an equally good dust jacket (unclipped). The jacket has one 1 cm tear at the top front edge, and some minimal wear at top & bottom of the spine. The book itself is bound in rose-red cloth with titles etc in silver lettering to the spine. There are almost no signs of wear externally. Inside, the binding is firm, and all pages are clean and bright. A previous owner's name is neatly ink written at the top of the front fep. A very nice book for the SF enthusiast.