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Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen

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  • First editions:
    • Scribner's, 1948, USA.
      • Value (circa 1994) in Very Good condition
        • Without dustjacket: $35-$56
        • With dustjacket: $112-$168
    • Collins, 1949, Great Britain.
      • Value (circa 1994) in Very Good condition
        • Without dustjacket: $42-$70
        • With dustjacket: $168-$210
  • Rare first novel


From My Dahl Biography:

Sometime Never was published in the United States in 1948 by Scribner's, and in England a year later by Collins. There's no easy way to put this: the book was a total flop. It was almost an adult version of the Gremlins story, beginning with the Battle of Britain and continuing on to the end of the world. Despite its utter failure, the book is remarkable for being the first book about nuclear war to be published in the United States after Hiroshima.


  • "Survivors of World War IV" by Bergen Evans published in April 3, 1948 issue of The Saturday Review (read online)

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Sometime Never - Jacket Front

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Sometime Never - Jacket Inside Flap

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Sometime Never - Jacket Back Flap

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