‘An Alien Heat’

An Alien Heat

London:  MacGibbon & Kee, 1972 (October) hardcover;
sub-titled “Volume One of a Trilogy ‘The Dancers at the End of Time’” on title page;
original price:  £1·75;
158 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-261-10015-7;
cover artist:  Michael Moorcock (?).

First volume of what is probably Moorcock’s best-loved trilogy, ‘The Dancers At The End Of Time’, a lyrical, romantic comedy of errors in which the decadent, immortal inhabitants of Earth in its very last days meet the reluctant Victorian time-traveller, Mrs. Amelia Underwood.  It was collected in The Dancers At The End Of Time (1981) with The Hollow Lands and The End Of All Songs.

First edition
First American edition:  New York: Harper & Row hardcover, 1973 (March);
original price:  $4·95;
158 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  06-013004-0;
cover artists:  Mark Rubin & Irving Freeman

(+ later Science Fiction Book Club ed.).

First paperback edition:  New York: Harrow, 1973;
original price:  95¢;
158 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  06-087059-1;
cover artist:  Sue Greene

St. Albans: Mayflower paperback, 1974 (June 13th);
original price:  35p;
158 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  583-12106-3;
cover artist:  Bob Haberfield.

1974 p/b edition, reprinted 1975 (40p), Mayflower/Granada (1977, 60p).

New York: Avon paperback, 1977 (September 5th);
original price:  $1·50;
207 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-380-01749-0;
cover artist:  Stanislaw Fernandes.

Granada p/b ed. (1979, 95p), reprinted 1982 (£1·25).

New York: Ace paperback, 1987 (July);
original price:  $2·95;
180 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-441-13660-5;
cover artist:  Robert Gould.

(+ later reprint[s])

London: Grafton paperback, 1989 (July 27th);
original price:  £2·99;
158 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-586-20812-7 (-2 on copyright page);
cover artist:  Paul Damon.

(Followed by The Hollow Lands)

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An Alien Heat is also available as an e-book: 9780575109056.


An Alien Heat album by Spirits Burning & Michael Moorcock (double C.D., 2018).
An Alien Heat album by Spirits Burning & Michael Moorcock (double C.D. box set, 2018).