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Ring Around the Sun

(1952)
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Jay Vickers was an ordinary man, or so he thought. All he wanted was to be left in peace to finish his next book. However, strange things started happening- from his discovery of a mouse that was not a mouse, to the visit of an old neighbor that was not a man. Or at least he was not an ordinary man. For as it turned out, neither was Jay Vickers. This is the story of human mutation- the next step in the evolution of the species. What if mutants walked among us already? What if they were organized? What if they had unbelievable powers, such as the ability to cross between alternate worlds or dimensions at will, or to intuitively reach the absolutely correct answer by intuition or "hunch", or to telepathically reach out to the stars? Such supermen would automatically try to conquer lesser men, would they not? Or would they do everything in their power to free the rest of humanity from slavery and suffering? Just what would the political and corporate powers- that- be do to keep their power and their slaves? How would mutants undermine the power of these bosses to set mankind free? This is a story of unlimited freedom, of worlds without end, ready for the taking. It is also the story of powerful, benevolent beings that exist only to help those who need that help. Simak sets this optimism off against the far-flung future- of 1987. This is a future of a lop-sided mechanical culture of technology that could provide creature comfort for a few, but not human justice or security for the many. It is a future of hate, and war, and worry. Nothing like the way the world really turned out.. Years ago when I first read this novel the uncanny "coincidences" with my own life gave me chills. But then, there couldn't really be an underground of mutants working to free humanity.. could there?

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Hardback Editions

May 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ring Around the Sun (SF master series)
Author(s): Clifford D Simak
ISBN: 0-450-03203-5 / 978-0-450-03203-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ring Around the Sun (Masters of Science Fiction)
Author(s): Clifford D Simak
ISBN: 0-88184-852-2 / 978-0-88184-852-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
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July 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ring Around the Sun
Author(s): Clifford D Simak
ISBN: 0-7493-0353-0 / 978-0-7493-0353-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mandarin
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September 1979 : UK Paperback

Title: Ring Around the Sun
Author(s): Clifford D Simak
ISBN: 0-450-03367-8 / 978-0-450-03367-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library Ltd
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1959 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Ring Around the Sun
Author(s): Clifford D Simak
ISBN: 0-441-04339-9 / 978-0-441-04339-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ring Around the Sun
Author(s): Clifford D Simak
Publisher: Gateway
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September 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ring Around the Sun
Author(s): Clifford D Simak
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK