[SCIENCE FICTION] ELIOTT, E.C. (author). A. Bruce CORNWELL (illustrator). Kemlo And The Gravity Rays. London; Thomas Nelson And Sons Ltd. 1957.
8vo. Publisher's mid blue linson boards pictorially decorated and lettered in darker blue, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [iv], v-[viii] + 200; with coloured frontispiece and black-and-white plates; a fine, uninscribed copy, protected by an equally crisp and clean, unclipped, dustwrapper (7/6), with light dusting and toning to lower advertisement panel.
First edition. A juvenile science fiction work in the Spaceworld series by Reginald Alec Martin (1908-1971) who adopted a wide range of pseudonyms over his writing career and who wrote for both adults and children. In total he issued sixteen volumes in this run beginning with Kemlo and the Crazy Planet in 1954 and ending with Kemlo and the Masters of Space in 1963. As the first generation to be born in space, Kemlo and his friends live with their parents in Space Habitats and can exist outside of any atmosphere by dint of their ability to breathe vacuum in a kind of universal ether, or "plasmorgia". The plot lines were innovative and enjoyable and the child characters credible and real with the first two volumes, especially, offering strong archetypal imagery of birth and death. The first six books in the series were published in pairs, to encourage collectors. Encyclopaedia of Science, http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com..