New York: The MacMillan Company, 1927.
First American edition. 1 vols. 8vo. Questioning atomic energy in the 1920s. Scarce in dust jacket. Fine black publisher's cloth. In very good plus orange and blue dust jacket with minor chipping at top of spine and bumping at corners. Corners clipped but price intact. Item #312191
Karel Čapek (1890-1938), a famous Czech novelist, dramatist, journalist, and theorist, is best known today for his book Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R.), which introduced the world "robot" to the field of science fiction. He was a fervent anti-fascist and many of his works deal with the social turmoil of his time.
In this satirical classic of science fiction, a scientist invents a reactor called the Karburator that creates nearly free energy. There is only one hitch: the side-product is the Absolute, a spiritual essence that is released into the world and causes religious and national fervor. This heady infection leads to a devastating global war.
Like many of Čapek's books, The Absolute At Large questions the ethics of power, mass production, and atomic weapons and is a potent social commentary that was before its time and is still relevant today.
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