by Lang, Fritz & Ley, Willy & Heinlein, Robert
FRITZ, WILLY AND BOB AND THE SUMMER OF '48, Posthumous Press, 2005, first edition, as new in like pictorial dust-wrapper. 1/85 copies, the total print run. This small volume reproduces the text of a letter (which has never before been published anywhere about a hitherto unknown occurrence) from the world renowned film director Fritz Lang to his very good friend and perhaps equally renowned rocket and space travel enthusiast, Willy Ley. It's a most fascinating letter revealing for the first time that George Pal was not Heinlein's first choice as producer on this project and concerns events of the summer of 1948 when then a still maturing science fiction writer named Robert Heinlein visited Fritz Lang in the hopes of stimulating the esteemed film director to produce an accurate and technically correct film of a journey to the moon. What actually transpired between the two men (at least from Mr. Lang's point of view) makes fascinating reading, if not only for the fact that such a meeting took place, but also in an attempt to better understand the machinations of that marvelous and enigmatic wonderland of magic and nepotism we call Hollywood. The 85 copies produced have some intentional variations. As with the first Posthumous Press publication, which is now available only through the antiquarian market place at a price more than 6 times the original, it will not be reprinted.
(Inventory #: 15208)