Some Time Never

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Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

  • Full title: Some Time Never: A Fable for Supermen
    • Note: This book is also referred to as Sometime Never in the UK.
  • First editions:
    • Charles Scribner & Son, 1948, USA.
      • To identify: Used the standard single statement with the usual ‘A’ below and published with a dust jacket priced at $2.75.
    • Collins, 1949, UK.
      • To identify: Used a standard single statement (copyright statement with date below, no later dates or printing statements indicated) and published with a dust jacket priced at 8s 6d.
  • Trivia:
    • Dahl’s rare first novel! No longer in print.
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From my Dahl Biography:

Some Time 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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