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M-142 DOPPELGANGERS Fine
By H. F. Heard
Cover by Jerome Podwil
"Doppelganger" translates as "Going-Double." An old German proverb says something like "He who meets his going-double must meet himself."
Here's a prognostication, written in 1947, of what kind of world might come around in 1997. The world is held in bondage by two tyrannical masters: one a fabulous despot of the underworld, the other an equally treacherous tyrant of the upper world.
An unusual series of circumstances traps one man in the relentless duel between these two powerful figures. His face is to be remolded, his spirit annihilated, his personal identity destroyed.
He is to become the doppelganger, the other self of the ruler of the upper world. But even the great psychological advances of the future cannot anticipate the outcome.
Original hardcover was from Vanguard Press in 1947. This is first paperback printing. A near-fine copy: clean, no creasing, but edge and corner wear. Pages are off-white.