From: Bill Crider (
Date: 06 Jan 2004

I'm not even going to try to explain the impact this book had on me when I first read it, but I do know that it can have a powerful effect on some people. I picked it up off the newsstand when it first appeared, and it bowled me over. Maybe I was just at the right age for it (15 or 16). I let a friend borrow it (after I'd read it twice), and many years later he said that after reading it, he couldn't believe I'd ever let him borrow such a wonderful book. By coincidence, just today, around 45 or 46 years later, I got an e-mail from him, saying that he'd just received in yesterday's mail a copy of the hardcover first edition that he'd bought. He has a copy of the paperback first, of course, but he'd wanted the hardback for a long time.

Bill Crider

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