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The Unreasoning Mask
Genre Science Fiction
Type Novel
Series -
Also published as an eBook (2013).
Originally announced with the title Ramstan.
David Pringle rated it one of the 100 Best Novels.
DEDICATION: "For my parents, George Farmer (1895-1950) and Lucile Theodora Jackson (1899-  ), who gave me love and the best of care."
COVER TEXT:
This is the story of Ramstan, captain of al-Buraq, a rare model starship. It is capable of alaraf drive: instantaneous travel between two points in space. Three of these special ships were built to explore and make contact with the many sentient races inhabiting the universe. Suddenly, one of the ships mysteriously disappears. And then it is discovered that an unidentifiable "creature" is marauding through the universe, totally annihilating intelligent life on planet after planet. Ramstan, a thoughtful and moral man, becomes a fascinated yet reluctant pawn in the hands of the strange forces which arise to fight the deadly destroyer. Ultimately, he is the one man who, in a fearful race against time, can stop the destruction. But what price must he pay for becoming the savior of intelligent-kind? The Unreasoning Mask is Farmer at his best - fast-paced, complex, slightly mystical, high-action adventure.
(Putnam)
 
PUBLICATION HISTORY
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17 Publications
see slso:
Ghost Editions
US

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FIRST PUBLICATION
New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Putnam)
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ISBN 0-399-12673-2
hardcover [no dustjacket] (22,5×14,5cm)
09/1981
293
$ 40.00
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Five hundred copies of the first edition have been specially bound and boxed, and have been numbered and signed by PJF. Black cloth boards with silver lettering on the spine. The slipcase is also covered with black cloth.
Both Putnam editions were published simultaneously.


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FIRST PUBLICATION
New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Putnam)
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ISBN 0-399-12673-2
hardcover (22,5×14,5cm)
09/1981
293
$ 12.95
credited to Artifact [= Val Lakey]
Black paper boards, black leatherette spine with silver lettering on the spine.
Both Putnam editions were published simultaneously.


Val Lakey
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New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons / SFBC
# 1868
no ISBN
hardcover (21,5×14,5cm)
02/1982
243
$ 6.98
credited to Artifact [= Val Lakey]
Book Club Edition, with date code M06 on page 242. Black paper boards with blue lettering on the spine.

Val Lakey
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New York, NY: Berkley Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-425-05551-5
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
01/1983 (1st)
260
$ 2.75
Val Lakey
The book wrongly states that "Portions of this book have appeared in Playboy Magazine". This is not true.

Val Lakey
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New York, NY: Berkley Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-425-06590-1
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
06/1983 (2nd)
260
$ 2.95
Val Lakey
The book wrongly states that "Portions of this book have appeared in Playboy Magazine". This is not true.

Val Lakey
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New York, NY: The Overlook Press
Overlook SF&F Classics
ISBN 978-1-58567-715-3
trade paperback (20,5×14cm)
02/2007
243
$ 13.95
Plainclothes Ltd.
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London: Granada
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-586-05647-5
paperback (18×11cm)
01/1983
301
£ 1.95
Tim Gill
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Tim Gill
Omnibus

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in The Maker of Universes | To Your Scattered
Bodies Go | The Unreasoning Mask

London: Gollancz
SF Gateway Omnibus
ISBN 978-0-575-11958-1
trade paperback (23,5×15,5cm)
08/2014
503
£ 20.00
(Thinkstock)
With an "Introduction from The Enclopedia of Science Fiction", by uncredited [= John Clute & David Pringle].

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FRANCE
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French: Le masque vide
Paris: Presses Pocket
Science-Fiction, No. 5250
ISBN 2-266-01917-1
paperback (17,5×11cm)
02/1987
353
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Dominique Haas
Wojtek Siudmak
As original title is falsely given: Un Reasoning Mask.

Wojtek Siudmak
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French: Le masque vide
Paris: Presses Pocket
Science-Fiction, No. 5250
ISBN 2-266-04689-6
paperback (17,5×11cm)
02/1992
353
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Dominique Haas
Wojtek Siudmak
The book has a second cover with the illustration full page, without text.
As original title is falsely given: Un Reasoning Mask.

Wojtek Siudmak
GERMANY
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German: Die toten Welten des Bolg
München: Knaur
Science Fiction, Band 5833
ISBN 3-426-05833-2
paperback (18×11,5cm)
04/1985
303
DM 9,80
Thomas Ziegler
Ashley Walker
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Ashley Walker
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Hungarian: A végzet álarca
Debrecen: LAP-ICS Könyvkiadó
Galaxis SF Könyvek 4
ISBN 963-434-340-6
paperback (18×12cm)
-/1998
340
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Erdő Orsolya
Bera Károly
Farmer's name and the book title in silver embossed on the cover. With an afterword, "Kötetünk írójáról" by Nemes István.

Bera Károly
ITALY
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Italian: Il distruttore
Milan: Nord
Cosmo, Collana di Fantascienza 147
no ISBN
paperback (19,5×12,5cm)
07/1984
iii + 258
L 5.000
Giampaolo Cossato and Sandro Sandrelli
credited to Gene Mydlowski [actually: Val Lakey]
With an introduction by Sandro Pergameno.
The publisher later gave an ISBN to the book: ISBN
88-429-0150-4.

Val Lakey
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Italian: Il distruttore
Milan: Nord
Tascabili fantascienza 14
no ISBN
paperback (18,5×11,5cm)
10/1992
iii + 258
L 10.000
Giampaolo Cossato and Sandro Sandrelli
Alan Craddock
With an introduction by Sandro Pergameno. The publisher later gave an ISBN to the book: ISBN 88-429-0693-X.

Alan Craddock
JAPAN
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Japanese: 気まぐれな仮面 (Kimagurena kamen)
Tokyo: Hayakawa
ハヤカワ文庫・SF 645
ISBN 4-15-010645-2
paperback (16×11cm)
12/1985
391
¥ 500
Akiko Usagawa
Shun Kijima
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Shun Kijima
LITHUANIA
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Lithuanian: Nemąstanti kaukė
Kaunas: Eridanas
Pasaulinės fantastikos aukso fondas (PFAF) #303
ISBN 9955-10-086-9
trade paperback (20×13cm)
-/2004
266
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Anita Kapočiūtė
Vincent Di Fate
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Vincent Di Fate
RUSSIA
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Russian: Бессмысленная маска
in Миры Филипа Фармера 21
Riga & Moscow: Polaris
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ISBN 5-88132-341-6
hardcover [no dustjacket] (20,5×13,5cm)
11/1997
378
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M. Avdonina
not credited [= Mark J. Ferrari]
Pictorial boards. With a foreword to the novel. This is not really an omnibus, with only one novel, but it is part of an omnibus series.
Mark J. Ferrari
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