SARGENT, Pamela. The Shore of Women. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1986.
8vo., sky blue painted canvas boards with lettering in gilt to spine; unclipped pictorial dust wrapper by Michael Booth; pp. [viii], 469, [iii]; upper edge a trifle dusty, extremities very lightly bruised, wrapper lightly soiled to rear flap with a small tear less than 0.5cm and a sliver of water (or perhaps some other beverage) staining at head of last handful of leaves; this still remains a near fine copy.
First edition, signed by Kingsley Amis to the ff end paper.
An American feminist and science fiction author, Sargent has also edited various anthologies to celebrate the contributions of women in to the history of Science Fiction. This novel envisions a 'postnuclear future' in which women control all science and technology to prevent men from regaining the power to destroy earth.
Amis' association is an interesting one. A sci-fi enthusiast, he has nonetheless been credited as one of the pivotal figures of the 'angry young men' period of writing in the 1950s, and as such was, towards the end of his life, a "harrumphing foe of feminism" ( The Independent ).Amis has also been called "the laureate of the hangover" by his son Martin, and it is therefore very likely that we have him to thank for the beer-stain encroaching slightly along the top edge of this book.