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Harper & Row, NY, 1964 (copyright). Red boards, deckled end-papers, yellow letters. Yellow top-edge. Minor spine bumping, hd & ft, corners sharp. P.O. markings to inside corner of front board and fff. Otherwise un-marked, with crisp white pages; appears un-read. DJ is chipped and creased, mainly along spine top & bottom, edges. Still bright & attractive. In a Brodart sleeve. 192 pages.
Nice copy of the novel; based on the BBC television serial called 'A Is For Andromeda'. First made and broadcast by the BBC in seven parts in 1961. Written by the noted cosmologist Fred Hoyle, in conjunction with author and television producer John Elliot, it concerns a group of scientists who detect a radio signal from another galaxy that contains instructions for the design of an advanced computer. When the computer is built, it gives the scientists instructions for the creation of a living organism named Andromeda, but one of the scientists, John Fleming, fears that Andromeda's purpose is to subjugate humanity.
The serial is notable for being the first major role for the actress Julie Christie.
The prospect of novelising 'A for Andromeda' arose early in the serial's production when Souvenir Press contacted the BBC, in May 1961, indicating their interest in publishing a tie-in novel. John Elliot responded stating that while the concept had been Hoyle's, the characterisation, dialogue and plot structure was his. Elliot sent copies of the shooting scripts to Souvenir and was formally commissioned to write the novelization in July, 1961. Hoyle insisted that the novel must be largely written by Elliot, and in 1962 'Andromeda Breakthrough' was the result.