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by Thea Von Harbou

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1963

Cover price: 40¢


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The classic novel of the city of the future

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The remarkable novel which was the basis of the world's greatest science-fiction movie, has long been a rare but ardently sought-after collector's item.

An unforgettable vision of a 21st Century city, the awe-inspiring super-city of the future, METROPOLIS has been compared to such classics as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, Samuel Butler's Erewhon, and Karel Capek's R.U.R. In a special introduction to this edition, Forrest J Ackerman, editor of Spacemen Magazine and world's foremost science-fiction collector, says:

"The language of the novel is sometimes as thesauric as Shiel, as kaleidoscopic as Merritt, as bone-spare as Ray Bradbury, as poetic as Poe, as macabre as Machen...You will have an experience in reading that will last you all the rest of your life."

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The world of 2026 A.D.

METROPOLIS is a classic of science-fiction which created an impact on the literary world which reverberates to this day. Its dramatic presentation of the city-world of the next century stirred the minds of readers with an unforgettable vision of a metropolis grown to Gargantuan proportions, of humanity fighting to keep its soul against the monster world of machinery, robots, and complexity that had been spawned in our own century. The book inspired a movie which is possibly the best science-fiction film ever made.

Now Ace Books brings this classic back to print, with a special introduction by Forrest J Ackerman, who as editor of SPACEMEN Magazine, made its revival one of the primary objectives of his science-fiction fan career.

This book is not of today or of the future.
It tells of no place.
It serves no cause, party or class.
It has a moral which grows on the pillar of understanding:
"The mediator between brain and muscle must be the Heart."
— Thea von Harbou