Raymond Fisher Jones wrote for Astounding Science Fiction continually throughout the 1940s, with his first story appearing in its September 1951 issue. Renaissance itself originally appeared as a four-part serial in the July through October 1944 issues. In the 1950s he expanded his range, selling to other magazines and publishing a couple of juvenile novels. He’s remembered, if at all, because three stories published as a novel titled This Island Earth in 1952 were loosely adapted as a movie with that title in 1955. One of the stories was “The Alien Machine,” which shouldn’t be confused with his novel Alien, but probably often is.

Groff Conklin reviewed it for the August 1951 Galaxy:

People say the book’s obscure. It’s not scientific. It’s pontifical. Its style’s too purple. In general, I’m nuts for liking it. Maybe I am.

Renaissance, by Raymond F. Jones, 1951, title #14, 255 pages, $2.75. 4000 hardbound copies printed.

Hardback, dark blue cloth with red lettering. Dust jacket designed by David Kyle. “FIRST EDITION” stated on copyright page. Printed by The Colonial Press. Designed by David Kyle. Title page reads “A Science Fiction Novel of Two Human Worlds,” but dust jacket reads “A Novel of Mankind on Two Worlds.” Back cover: 10 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3

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