Man after Man by Dougal Dixon is a rare book. Not quite the rarest, but it commands a hefty price online. Readers looking to find this book should be prepared to pay around $170 as of the date of this article (March 8, 2017) on Amazon, and if you are an AbeBooks customer, you’ll shell out a hefty $299 for Man after Man. However, on March 8, 2017, I stumbled across a hard cover of Dixon’s Man after Man at a Catholic Charities thrift store in Mattoon, IL selling for one dollar. I was instantly drawn to it because I am a hopeless lover of odd books, and indeed the book is an oddity to behold. The imagery and illustrations of the work is beautiful and at the same time grotesque in the depiction of the evolved human form. The story is short, but thought-provoking and controversial. So why is this book considered rare in the first place?
Dougal Dixon can be classified as a prolific author and speculative zoologist, meaningthat his career revolves around hypothesizing how life on Earth (or other planets) will evolve according to understood properties of biology, chemistry and physics and has great success writing about those ideas. He is known for his beautifully illustrated and thought provoking books After Man (Dixon 1981), The New Dinosaurs (Dixon 1988) and numerous others that deal with nature, evolution and speculation of the future of such. After Man was an enormous success that gave Continue reading