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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Synopsis for the anthology, THE YEAR AFTER TOMORROW edited by Lester Del Rey, Cecile Matschat, and Carl Carmer

Taken from the cover flap of the anthology THE YEAR AFTER TOMORROW edited by Lester Del Rey, Cecile Matschat and Carl Carmer:

This book is a special treat for anyone who likes the unique, the odd, the unusual in literature. For the science fiction fan, the stories here represent some of the finest yarns published by ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION and the AMERICAN BOY - two magazines known for their early recognition of this popular genre. For the casual reader, these are stories fresh and new in content and appeal.

THE LUCK OF IGNATZ, by that famous science fiction master, Lester Del Rey, will introduce you to a Venusian "zloaht" - a small but strange little beast who keeps his master and himself in hot water. In THE MASTER MINDS OF MARS, Carl Claudy introduces you to the mighty but inhuman intellect that controls the mysterious red planet. You'll enjoy and be intrigued by the wry twist of humor in Peter van Dresser's BY VIRTUE OF CIRCUMFERENCE. And in Robert Moore Williams' THE RED DEATH OF MARS you'll find a horrifying mystery that springs from deadly red jewels and nearly wipes out the crew of the spaceship Kepler.

THE LAND OF NO SHADOW, PLUM DUFF, KINDNESS, TONGUE OF BEAST and ROCKET TO THE SUN complete the roster of thrillers that make up this "science fiction special." Whether you like to travel into the third dimension; rocket into the unexplored vastness of space or help solve killings that "just couldn't happen" you'll enjoy every page of THE YEAR AFTER TOMORROW.

Synopsis for STEP TO THE STARS by Lester Del Rey

Taken from the cover flap of the novel STEP TO THE STARS by Lester Del Rey:

"Only a decade away!" Yes, according to the well-known author of STEP TO THE STARS, this remarkable age that has produced rocket ships, guided missiles and hydrogen bombs will have a space station circling the Earth within the next ten years. World domination will be in the hands of the country that constructs it, and man will know, once and for all, whether he is free or slave.

Such thoughts were far from Jim Stanley's mind when he was investigated by the FBI and later subjected to strange and rigorous tests. It wasn't until he satisfied the stiff requirements that he learned the United States was in the space station race for keeps and that he could count himself among the handful of men destined to breach the barriers of space in operation "Big Shush."

Fascinating details of the construction and operation of the station are part and parcel of this tense and dramatic story. Treacherous sabotage by a dangerous foreign spy; Jim's almost fatal fall into the "empty, hungry depths of space"; and a savage fire which threatened the existence of the station add to the rising tide of excitement. Tying these explosive events together is a narrative that skillfully portrays the reaction of men to new and staggering experiences.

Unequaled in its impact, STEP TO THE STARS is an adventure too probable to ignore. Whether you read it as a tale of the future or a forceful case for world co-operation, you can't help but feel that here indeed is the "prelude to space."

Synopsis for MOON OF MUTINY by Lester Del Rey

Taken from the cover flap of the novel MOON OF MUTINY by Lester Del Rey:

Set in the early days of the moon's colonization, this is the exciting story of Fred Halpern's efforts to prove himself worthy of the title Spaceman. Fred, a first-rate but impetuous pilot, was washed out of the Goddard Space Academy for disobeying orders. But he is lucky enough to get one more chance at a career in space when he is asked to join the third expedition to the moon. With the group of explorers, Fred makes his way across the dangerous and desolate lunar terrain, territory which has never been charted before. The men, determined to find some form of life on the moon, are hampered at every turn by breakdowns and bad luck.

Oddly enough, the accidents only seem to happen when Fred is around, and finally the resentful members of the expedition sign a petition requesting he be dismissed. The story reaches a harrowing climax when a spaceship mysteriously crashes, and Fred is driven to mutiny in an effort to save the crew.

In his new novel, Lester Del Rey combines a lively story with the detailed scientific background that makes for superior science fiction.

Synopsis for ROCKETS TO NOWHERE by Philip St. John

Taken from the cover flap of the novel ROCKETS TO NOWHERE by Philip St. John:

Young Danny Cross couldn't understand the telegram from the Security Commission ordering him home from college. He wondered whether it had to do with the reported "death" of one of America's leading atomic scientists in a rocket explosion over White Sands. He was surprised to find that it was only another thorough security check and a change of security card - the vital "open sesame" to anyone living in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, of 1981.

But Danny noticed a change in the atmosphere at the proving grounds and in the communities where its scientists and technicians lived. As more and more atomic specialists disappeared in "rocket explosions" miles above Earth - explosions that failed to scatter debris under the sites of the accidents - the former camaraderie was replaced by an air of suspicion and foreboding.

The disappearance of Danny's cousin, "Jet", an ace rocket pilot, put the worried teen-ager onto a line of reasoning concerning the continuing "explosions" too close to the truth to be ignored: that a highly skilled scientific group had planned, constructed and was operating a space station that circled the Earth IN SECRET! He suspected that even his mother and father planned to desert Earth's laboratories for an extra-terrestrial life. The questions of "where did they go?" and "how did they get there?" as answered here make this a story of mounting suspense and tangled intrigue that few science fiction yarns can match.

Synopsis for THE WORLD AT BAY by Paul Capon

Taken from the cover flap of the novel THE WORLD AT BAY by Paul Capon:

No one believed Professor Elrick of the London Radar Research Laboratory when he announced in 1977 that Earth was in imminent danger of attack. Ever since his discovery of the dark star, Nero, the Professor and his young assistant, Jim Shannon, had studied the planet and its satellites through the radaroscope with a growing sense of impending doom. There seemed to be positive proof that the third planet, Poppea, had a civilization which was technologically far more advanced than Earth's!

The grim truth of the Professor's warning came upon an unprepared world with a frightful concussion that seemed to rock the planet in its orbit. The space fleet from Poppea had hit Earth's atmosphere! When the English government realized the dire circumstances, the Home Guard was called out, the ack-ack guns manned and plans drawn up for London's evacuation. But the measures that saved the heroic island during World War II proved ineffective against the grotesque Poppeans. Gray-skinned, horny-limbed, they landed in impregnable space ships, releasing bacteria-laden white powder.

His advance knowledge saved Jim Shannon and his associates from the sleep-inducing drug that blanketed Britain, and they lived to see the climax of man's battle with a superior civilization. How they met the Poppean leader, flew with him to the Arctic and watched with relief the slow withdrawal of the deadly Poppean grip make reading THE WORLD AT BAY a supremely exciting experience.

Synopsis for ROCKET JOCKEY by Philip St. John

Taken from the cover flap of the novel ROCKET JOCKEY by Philip St. John:

From the moment Jerry Blaine blasted off from Earth to compete in the Armstrong Classics, famed throughout the Solar System, his space ship, the LAST HOPE, was obviously jinxed. Was it just bad luck? Or were the villainous Martians working against him, laying a trap for him at every turn? It was 2170 and the year of the eighteenth Armstrong Classic, the interplanetary rocket race that covered immense orbits and touched on every planet inhabited by man. On its outcome hung the prestige of each rival world. Mars had won the three previous Classics by what Earth considered unfair trickery, and the saying went that "only a fool would enter such a race, and only a genius or a Martian could win." But Jerry was neither a fool, a genuis, nor a Martian; he was only a boy of seventeen who never thought of becoming a rocket-race jockey until he accidentally found he was one!

Jerry's courage and daring as he fights his way through space, testing the very fuel that had killed his father; his clashes with wily Martians who would stop at nothing to gain first place for the glory of Mars; his near crash-landings' his terrifying experiences on odd, airless worlds combine to create a yarn that will keep readers spellbound from start to finish. Thrilling in its predictions of a world to come, vivid in its descriptions of uncharted space, ROCKET JOCKEY has a flavor of authenticity that only time can dispute.

Synopsis for BATTLE ON MERCURY by Erik Van Lhin

Taken from the cover flap of the novel BATTLE ON MERCURY by Erik Van Lhin:

When sun storms periodically swept Mercury with waves of solar fire, radiation and electricity, it was usual for the authorities to order evacuation of the small mining communities on the side of the planet that faced the Sun. But as time for the most violent solar eruption known to earthlings approached, no rescue rocket ship appeared outside the Sigma dome that housed Dick Rogers and his family.

Around one of the universe's most awesome events - sun spots - Erik Van Lhin has written a tale of rugged courage and heroism in the face of impending doom. Young Dick Rogers wasn't too well liked by the townspeople. He insisted on keeping an erratic "wispy" - the strange form of Mercury life that took the shape of an electrically charged ball of flame - as a friend. And though Dick's favorite "wispy", Johnny Quicksilver, could usually be trusted, the mining engineers were never sure whether it was he who periodically blew out fuses and upset delicate electrical circuits.

Against this background, the story of Dick Rogers' odyssey through Mercury's bleak and blazing landscape takes on desperate urgency. How he, an ancient robot and the Mercury veteran "Hotside Charlie" withstand Mercury's 800 degree temperatures, escape rivers of molten lead, and fight the planet's horrifying silicon beasts, is in the best science fiction tradition.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Synopsis for THE SECRET OF SATURN'S RINGS by Donald Wollheim

Taken from the cover flap of the novel THE SECRET OF SATURN'S RINGS by Donald Wollheim:

Only one scientist realized the danger that threatened Earth when the Terraluna Corporation started deep-core mining operations on the moon. Dr. Emanuel Rhodes and his teen-age son, Bruce, saw that continued blasting at the moon's core would weaken the satellite's brittle structure to the extent that the small planet's breakup would be assured. The subsequent bombardment of Earth by meteorites would put an end to man!

But Terraluna's profit-hungry officials would not understand the scientist's conclusions. It was for the sake of humanity that Dr. Rhodes and his son started for Saturn's rings to prove to mankind that what had once been a hospitable and prosperous planet was now nothing more than a dangerous phenomenon.

Breath-takingly realistic in detail, this story of the Rhodes' flight into outer space explodes with action, intrigue and suspense. Terraluna spies conspired to wreck their ship. Outposts of the huge corporation fired on the courageous little crew. And in the whirling maelstrom of rock that make up Saturn's rings, danger and disaster lay in anxious wait. How Bruce outwitted the hostile elements to save his father, stranded helplessly on a bit of airless rock, leads to a surprise climax when the two discover ancient evidence of intelligent creatures. The relationship of their discovery to the Earth and its satellite presents a fascinating theory and space yarn that you won't put down until the very last page.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Synopsis for DANGER: DINOSAURS! by Richard Marsten aka Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain

Taken from the cover flap of the novel DANGER: DINOSAURS! by Richard Marsten aka Evan Hunter, Ed McBain:

Owen Spencer would never have agreed to lead the time-slip expedition back to the Jurassic period - the Age of Reptiles - had he foreseen the terrifying experiences in store for the small group making the expedition. Chartering the expedition was Dirk Masterson, a treacherous big-game hunter, whose alleged purpose was to take pictures of the enormous reptiles that roamed Jurassic times. Even when Masterson smashed the jeep into the force field, destroying the only protection that stood between the group and the lumbering beasts, Owen could not be sure it was an accident.

Richard Marsten has written a fast-moving tale of people stranded on earth in its infancy and forced to pit their ingenuity and strength against mammoth reptiles. It might not have been so bad if Masterson, with his mania for big-game hunting, had not continued to shoot at every reptile he spotted. But his madman tactics repeatedly aroused the fury of the hideous dinosaurs, whose attacks drove them farther and farther away from the relay area that would slip them back to the present when the week was up.

The weird circumstances that made Owen's brother, Chuck, take over the leadership of the expedition and the even stranger adjustment of the time stream that left the party with the inexplicable feeling that somebody was missing makes Danger: Dinosaurs! an unusual and fascinating treatment of the ever-provacative time theme. The desperate search for the relay area, interrupted by fierce fights with the flesh-eating monsters, and an earthquake that creates a chaos of stampeding animals give this story action that is as alien as any distant planet.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Synopsis for THE STAR CONQUERORS by Ben Bova

Taken from the cover flap of the novel THE STAR CONQUERORS by Ben Bova:

Geoffrey Knowland, brilliant young Star Watch officer, is in command of the Terran Confederation's all-out battle against the mysterious Masters, rulers of the Milky Way galaxy.

For untold millions of years the star clusters in galactic space have been under the Masters' control. Now, in an attempt to save Earth and the Terran Confederation, a desperate counterattack is underway to break the domination of the enemy.

Jeff knows that the Terrans fought and lost another interstellar war aginst an ancient enemy known only as the Others. The Terrans were crushed, their civilization wiped out, and Jeff fears the Masters are the Others, returned to conquer man again.

This unusual story takes you deep into the galaxy, far beyond our solar system, to worlds seldom explored by science fiction writers. Jeff and his friend Alan Bakerman, an escapee from life under the Masters, travel the vast distances of space and touch upon the homeworlds of many races, both human and nonhuman.

Based on careful astronomical research, THE STAR CONQUERORS is a story played out against an accurate backround of our immense spiral galaxy, a rotating disk of more than a hundred billion stars.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Purpose of this blog

Let's talk about the Winston Science Fiction series of juvenile hardcover scifi books from the 50's and 60's. What is your favorite book? What is your favorite cover? Who is your favorite author?
How many books do you own right now? What was your greatest "find"? Do you have all 36 books? Are you missing some of the covers?
Here's a complete listing of titles and authors

THE ANT MEN by Eric North (1955)
cover by Paul Blaisdell

ATTACK FROM ATLANTIS by Lester Del Rey (1953)
cover by Kenneth Fagg

BATTLE ON MERCURY by Erik Van Lhin (1953)
(Lester Del Rey)
cover by Kenneth Fagg

DANGER: DINOSAURS! by Richard Marsten (1953)
(Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain)
cover by Alex Schomburg

EARTHBOUND by Milton Lesser (1952)
cover by Peter Poulton

cover by Henry Sharp

FIVE AGAINST VENUS by Philip Latham (1952)
cover by Virgil Finlay

ISLANDS IN THE SKY by Arthur C. Clarke (1952)
cover by Alex Schomburg

THE LOST PLANET by Paul Dallas (1956)
cover by Alex Schomburg

MAROONED ON MARS by Lester Del Rey (1952)
cover by Paul Orban

MISSING MEN OF SATURN by Philip Latham (1953)
cover by Alex Schomburg

MISSION TO THE MOON by Lester Del Rey (1956)
number 2 in the Jim Stanley series
cover by Alex Schomburg

MISTS OF DAWN by Chad Oliver (1952)
cover by Alex Schomburg

MOON OF MUTINY by Lester Del Rey (1961)
number 3 in the Jim Stanley series
cover by Ed Emshwiller

THE MYSTERIOUS PLANET by Kenneth Wright (1953)
(Lester Del Rey)
cover by Alex Schomburg

MYSTERY OF THE THIRD MINE by Robert W. Lowndes (1953)
cover by Kenneth Fagg

PLANET OF LIGHT by Raymond F. Jones (1953)
number 2 in the Clonar series
cover by Alex Schomburg

ROCKET JOCKEY by Philip St. John (1952)
(Lester Del Rey)
cover by Alex Schomburg

ROCKET TO LUNA by Richard Marsten (1953)
(Evan Hunter)
cover by Alex Schomburg

ROCKETS TO NOWHERE by Philip St. John (1954)
(Lester Del Rey)
cover by Alex Schomburg

ROCKETS THROUGH SPACE by Lester Del Rey (1957)
**Special Companion Book**
cover and illustrated by James Heugh

THE SECRET OF THE NINTH PLANET by Donald A. Wollheim (1959)
cover by James Heugh

THE SECRET OF SATURN'S RINGS by Donald A. Wollheim (1954)
cover by Alex Schomburg

SECRET OF THE MARTIAN MOONS by Donald A. Wollheim (1955)
cover by Alex Schomburg

SON OF THE STARS by Raymond F. Jones (1952)
number 1 in the Clonar series
cover by Alex Schomburg

SONS OF THE OCEAN DEEPS by Bryce Walton (1952)
cover by Paul Orban

SPACEMEN, GO HOME by Milton Lesser (1961)
cover by Ed Emshwiller

STADIUM BEYOND THE STARS by Milton Lesser (1960)
cover by Mel Hunter

THE STAR CONQUERORS by Ben Bova (1959)
cover by Mel Hunter

THE STAR SEEKERS by Milton Lesser (1953)
cover by Paul Calle'

STEP TO THE STARS by Lester Del Rey (1954)
number 1 in the Jim Stanley series
cover by Alex Schomburg

TROUBLE ON TITAN by Alan E. Nourse (1954)
cover by Alex Schomburg

VANDALS OF THE VOID by Jack Vance (1953)
cover by Alex Schomburg

VAULT OF THE AGES by Poul Anderson (1952)
cover by Paul Orban

THE WORLD AT BAY by Paul Capon (1954)
cover by Alex Schomburg

Lester Del Rey, Carl Carmer & Cecile Matschat (1954)
cover and illustrated by Mel Hunter

THE YEAR WHEN STARDUST FELL by Raymond F. Jones (1958)
cover by James Heugh