Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1952. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21.75cm); navy blue cloth, with titles stamped in orange on spine; pictorial endpapers; dustjacket; xiv,209,pp. A bookplate signed by the author is loosely laid in. Light wear to spine ends, faint foxing to right edge of textblock, with some offsetting to pastedowns from binders glue; Near Fine. In the correct first printing dustjacket, with ten titles on rear panel; unclipped (priced $2.00), gently sunned, with modest wear, shallow loss to crown, several tiny nicks and tears, and scattered foxing; Very Good.
An early work by Clarke, part of the Winston Science Fiction series for juvenile readers. "As his prize for winning a television quiz show in the second half of the twenty-first century, Roy Malcolm goes to an orbiting space station. There he has several adventures involving space pirates, the making of a space film, and a runaway rocket ship...As an adventure story, routine; as an investigation into the required technology necessary for space travel, exceptional" (Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 5-34).