Renaissance
Novel 1979 65,000 words

Description

On a future Earth dominated by the alien Utt, men have been forced into subservience while the women rule.

  • The first five chapters of this novel (with a slightly altered ending) appeared in Galaxy magazine under the title "Femworld: Before the Revolution" in June/July of 1979.

  • Incredibly, the working title for this book was The Indian Summer of a Pair of Spectacles — a strong contender for the winner of the award for Worst Proposed Novel Title Ever. (This is the meaning of its French title L'été indien d'une paire de lunettes, a title which has confused many of his readers who've stumbled upon the French edition.)

Versions

1979

full novel

1979

novel excerpt
English
1979 May Pocket
paperback 0-671-81859-7 190 pages $1.95

cover art by
Jerome Podwil

First edition

First Pocket printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1979 May Pocket
paperback 0-671-81859-7 190 pages C$2.25

cover art by
Jerome Podwil

Second Pocket printing.

Canadian printing.

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1979 Pocket
paperback 0-671-81859-7 190 pages C$2.25

cover art by
Jerome Podwil

Third Pocket printing.

Canadian printing.

Date unknown. Some time in 1979 is my best guess.

Appears to be a second Canadian printing. It's not known if there was a second U.S. printing around the same time.

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1980 October New English Library
paperback 0-450-04969-8 159 pages £1.00

cover art by
Gerald Grace

First British edition.

This, like the Pocket edition of The House That Stood Still, is another example of a marvelous painting adorning a lousy book.

An interesting irony is that Chapter 27 of this otherwise atrocious novel is one of the best pieces Van ever wrote. So, buried in this field of chaff is a box of treasure, and Grace has thankfully chosen Chapter 27 as the subject of his illustration: Dr. Grayson, after walking through a teleport to an unknown destination, arrives on a strange planet whose surface resembles an endless, flat slab of orange plastic. Adversely struck by the sheer alienness of the environment, and there being no apparent route back to where he came from, he goes into shock and curls up into a ball. Shortly afterwards, an alien Orsolite approaches — this is the scene in the cover. (The floating women in the background featured in an earlier chapter, and have been thrown in here to better represent the novel as a whole.)

Grace's Orsolite is magnificent. In this instance, Grace has superseded even Wayne D. Barlowe in his ability to depict an alien being so close to the author's description. When I first saw this cover I was simply awestruck by it — the Orsolite looked exactly like how I imagined it to be. That's the only time I've had that happen to me, and I was just amazed.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1983 March Timescape / Pocket
paperback 0-671-46841-3 190 pages $2.50

cover art by
Jerome Podwil

Fourth Pocket printing.

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