TOS - Killing Time - First edition

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by theblitz, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. theblitz

    theblitz Commander Red Shirt

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    Is it really worth the silly numbers I have seen on eBay?

    The reason I ask is that I bought a job-lot of 70 books for $29.88.
    The next book in my reading order is that book and I seem to have the first edition.

    Should I put it aside.

    It's not mint but it is in very good condition.
     
  2. Kor

    Kor Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Supposedly, Roddenberry himself forced the first edition to be recalled because he didn't like the Kirk/Spock romantic undertones.

    You may notice that the ebay listings for $900+ also have the option to make an offer. So it's hard to tell exactly how much they will go for.

    Here's a comparison between the first edition and the revised version:
    http://lexx-the-flex.livejournal.com/877.html

    Kor
     
  3. borgboy

    borgboy Commodore Commodore

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    I have a first edition copy that I paid cover price for new at the time of release.
    I've read it several times. I love alternate realities and as I'm gay I can appreciate a little homoeroticism, but I think it's reputation is a bit exaggerated. The gay subtext isn't all that overt and I think for many readers would've gone over their heads.
    I recommend you read it for yourself and make your own judgement.
    For what it's worth, despite bloated ebay offerings I'd expect it wouldn't be terribly hard to track down at a larger used book store. The first print was widely circulated before the recall so it's not all that rare.
     
  4. theblitz

    theblitz Commander Red Shirt

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    Well, I'll definitely go ahead and read it.
    I am very careful with books. Never read one with first putting a proper dust cover and they normally are in the same state when I finish them as they were when I started (except the one I dropped in water!).
     
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  5. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Here's a detailed look at the story behind this book. Plot spoilers. Click!