The Sinister Researches of C.P. Ransom by Homer Nearing, Jr.
New York : Doubleday & Company, 1945. First Edition. Harcover. 217 Pages ; 21 cm. $2.95 dust jacket unclipped. Very good copy in original dust jacket with a light pen notation on the flyleaf and no markings elsewhere. Binding is firm.
PROFESSOR CLEANTH PENN RANSOM,
Mathematics Department, finds himself officially required to produce "a product bf science which will advance the liberal arts" and win a prize for the University. As always, Ransom comes through—with the most hilarious doings this side of the ninth dimension.
In company with his long-suffering colleague, Professor Archibald Mac-Tate, he starts out rather simply by rigging up a calculating machine to write poetry. It performs astonishingly well until, becoming insulted at criticism of its work, it commits electronic suicide in a fit of artistic temperament.
Undaunted, Ransom and MacTate push on, fumble after fumble, through a series of extraordinary events that eventually land them in ancient Rome, where they discover themselves in the embarrassing predicament of being their own ancestors.
Scientifictionados who have long laughed at the screwloose misadventures of these two brilliant bunglers in the pages of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction will find their favorites involved in Bigger and Better Dimensions in
THE SINISTER RESEARCHES OF C. P. RANSOM
HOMER NEARING, JR., Ph.D. (his doctoral dissertation was on seventeenth-century historical poetry), teaches at Pennsylvania Military College. In addition to his many contributions to scholarly publications, he has had science-fiction short stories and light verse published in popular magazines. This is his first novel. Dr. Nearing lives in Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife and family.
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