New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. Advance Review Copy. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over light grey paper, upper board blindstamped, spine stamped in silver, original dust jacket.
First edition of best-selling author Crichton's glossary intended to introduce personal computers and BASIC programming to the greater public. The book began as practical notes Crichton wrote for his first-time computer using friends alongside his frustration at the film industry's attitudes towards incorporating programming. Best known for his novels Jurassic Park (1990) and The Andromeda Strain (1969) and his movie Westworld (1973), much of his fiction often ends in biotech catastrophes (ironically the dust jacket of this book reads "Don't be afraid of them, they're only machines, they're here to make your life easier, and, what's more, they can be a lot of fun!"). Jacket designed by Robert Scudellari. Advance review copy with publisher's slips, errata slip, and a portrait of Crichton meant to accompany the review laid in. Price clipped dust jacket with small tear to otherwise near fine jacket. Slight sunning to top edge. Overall near fine. Item #2094