A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 23

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

Ah, good of you to join me here again this Sunday as we take our places in front of the Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe to worship at the altar of the great Badger Books! And what a belter I’ve come up with for this week’s offering by Leo Brett – better known as those two old rascals R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield. But first, let’s do the tagline, all together now;

They came back to the planet that had undergone a terrifying change

Cover artist Ed Valigursky has turned in a real peach here too featuring a clearly shocked young lady clad only in a skimpy bathing suit, captured beneath a glass tube as a huge scientist looks on with carnal lust in his eyes… Yes, it’s very ‘of it’s time’ and it has a typical late fifties/early sixties marginalised view of the role of the female in SF but as a piece of pure cheesecake Americana art it sure raises a smile! What do you guys and gals at the back think? I’ll not even mention the obvious fact that the lady in question is clearly visible to the naked eye and therefore at all microscopic…

Hope you’re still enjoying the covers, as ever all comments, likes and offers of ludicrous wealth or everlasting fame are much appreciated. You know what to do.

The Microscopic Ones by Leo Brett
(Serial Number SF43)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

Badger - Brett The Microscopic Ones

Brett, Microscopic Ones Rear

The Two Dimensional World Of Ace Doubles, Part Four

Over the past month I’ve been writing about the wonderful Ace Books and their innovative use of the tête-bêche binding technique which allowed two books to be included in a single volume, one on each side. Preceding parts of this article can be found here, here and here.

My collection is looking a little ransacked now but there are still enough books for another outing. And so for my fourth and final instalment of this series, I thought I’d include six books which results in 12 twelve covers. Once again, I’ve included the original serial number in each listing for completeness as I have done in the past. I hope these selections have been of some interest and enjoyment for you, feel free to head over to the comments and share your thoughts.

The Rites Of Ohe by John Brunner
(Serial Number F-242)
This version was published in 1963 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Ace F-242 (a)

Castaways World by John Brunner
(Serial Number F-242)
This version was published in 1963 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

Ace F-242 (b)

The Golden People by Fred Saberhagen
(Serial Number M-103)
This version was published in 1964 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Ace M-103 (a)

Exile From Xanadu by Lan Wright
(Serial Number M-103)
This version was published in 1964 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Ace M-103 (b)

The Gates Of Time by Neal Barrett Jr.
(Serial Number 27400)
This version was published in 1970 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Josh Kirby

Ace 27400 (a)

Dwellers Of The Deep by K. M. O’Donnell
(Serial Number 27400)
This version was published in 1970 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

Ace 27400 (b)

The Ship From Outside by A. Bertram Chandler
(Serial Number F-237)
This version was published in 1963 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

Ace F-237 (a)

Beyond The Galactic Rim by A. Bertram Chandler
(Serial Number F-237)
This version was published in 1963 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Ace F-237 (b)

Alton’s Unguessable by Jeff Sutton
(Serial Number 76096)
This version was published in 1970 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

Ace 76096 (a)

The Ships Of Durostorum by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number 76096)
This version was published in 1970 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Kelly Freas

The Ships Of Durostorum by Kenneth Bulmer

The Seed Of Earth by Robert Silverberg
(Serial Number F-145)
This version was published in 1962 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

Ace F-145 (a)

Next Stop The Stars by Robert Silverberg
(Serial Number F-145)
This version was published in 1962 by Ace Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Ace F-145 (b)

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 22

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Ok, you know the drill… Sunday, hot beverage of choice to hand (although tea does go best with all disciplines of sci-fi I have found after conducting exhaustive tests!), favourite seat block booked for the day and a copy of a lovely Badger Book for company. Right, so let’s take a look at what we’ve got on offer this week shall we?

Written by the preposterously monikered Trebor Thorpe, this pseudonym teams up our good old Rev R. L. Fanthorpe with writer Ernest Kemp. Roll the tagline before we get to another cracking Emsh cover;

Men or Gods? The enemy aliens wielded destructive powers far beyond human understanding

And now back to that artwork. A stunned astronaut watches a black fellow wearing a cape and horned headdress shoot bolts of lightning from his outstretched fingers toward an ominous black cloud. Once there, the lightning reigns down against a blood red sky and destroys a futuristic looking settlement. Blimey! This one’s a real teaser and no mistake, I mean Men and Gods? Enemy aliens wielding destructive powers? But who the? … What the? …

There’s only one way to crack this particular nut and that’s to begin at Chapter One where all stories must inevitably start – good, bad or just plain bizarre!

Join me next Sunday for another fine helping of Badger and do feel free to drop a token comment in the box on your way out… all proceeds go towards restoring my organ don’t ya know! Happy reading.

Lightening World by Trebor Thorpe
(Serial Number SF38)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Badger - Thorpe Lightening World

The Two Dimensional World Of Ace Doubles, Part Three

This is the third instalment of this article, the first part appears here and the second part can be found here.

The oldest active specialty publisher of science fiction and fantasy Ace Books originally developed the unique double volume, back-to-back format better known as tête-bêche binding to take further advantage of the public’s soaring thirst for science fiction from the mid 1950s and on throughout the 1960s.

I’ve watched these Ace Doubles get snapped up sharpish, sometimes for ridiculous sums of money through a variety of online retailers so when I see a reasonably priced copy I buy without haste. This has allowed me to build a modest collection of such books over the years and so I thought I’d share another selection of books with you, five more this time so that’ll be another ten covers to ogle. Also included in each listing is the original Ace serial number as ever, feel free to drop me a comment if you’re enjoying this series.

Nebula Alert by A. Bertram Chandler
(Serial Number G-632)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Kelly Freas

G632 - Chandler, Nebula Alert

The Rival Rigelians by Mack Reynolds
(Serial Number G-632)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Peter Michael

G632 - Reynolds, The Rival Rigellians

Into The Alternate Universe by A. Bertram Chandler
(Serial Number M-107)
This version was published in 1964 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

M107 - Chandler, Into The Alternative Universe

The Coils Of Time by A. Bertram Chandler
(Serial Number M-107)
This version was published in 1964 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

M107 - Chandler, The Coils Of Time

Monsters In Orbit by Jack Vance
(Serial Number M-125)
This version was published in 1965 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

M125 - Vance, Monsters In Orbit

The World Between And Other Stories by Jack Vance
(Serial Number M-125)
This version was published in 1965 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

M125 - Vance, The World Between

The Mad Metropolis by Philip E. High
(Serial Number M-135)
This version was published in 1966 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

M135 - High, The Mad Metroplolis

Space Captain by Murray Leinster
(Serial Number M-135)
This version was published in 1966 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Gray Morrow

M135 - Leinster, Space Captain

Earthrim by Nick Kamin
(Serial Number 66160)
This version was published in 1969 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Panos Koutrouboussis

66160 Ace, Earthrim

Phoenix Ship by Walt and Leigh Richmond
(Serial Number 66160)
This version was published in 1969 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

66160 Ace, Phoenix-Ship

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 21

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It’s not a Sunday here at Unsubscriber Towers without a piping hot cup of mid-morning tea ready to be sipped through a haze of ascending steam and another pot luck pick from the Badger shelf that has served me so well over the past twenty weekends. You shall be pleased to know then that all is well here then, brew and book in hand just looking at that cover and wondering how the art department did it week after week.

But first, let’s have a look at what the tagline gives us;

Inside the glowing sphere a human form was crystallising

And there on the cover is a literal interpretation with a human figure indeed gaining strength inside his glowing spheroid embryo. This of course takes place far out in space in front of one of Badgers favourite recurring design devices; the looming disembodied head! A vast galactic baldy with a seemingly benevolent demeanour keeps a close eye on goings on.

This a novel which Fanthorpe actually put his own name to – along with the other eighty or ninety odd he wrote without using one of his many beloved pseudonyms during his Badger tenure. No partners in crime here watching the ass kickin’ Rev’s back then, just lone gun style all the way with this one.

Now, before I mix my metaphors any further it’s time to look past that sterling Emsh cover and plunge headlong into the yellowing pages therein. Oh, I decided that the back cover of this volume warranted a photograph too as it wasn’t the usual cut ‘n’ paste hack job that Badger usually cobbled together for most of their output. Enjoy the covers, happy reading and join me next weekend for more of the same from the good Rev. and his friends.

Flame Mass by R. L. Fanthorpe
(Serial Number SF49)
This version was published in 1961 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Badger - Fanthorpe Flame Mass

Badger - Fanthopre Flame Mass Back

The Two Dimensional World Of Ace Doubles, Part Two

I wrote about Ace Books (here) and their novel use of the tête-bêche binding technique which allowed two titles to be included in one volume that the reader would have to physically turn over in order to read the other book. These Ace Doubles as they were called have since gone on to become much sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike proving to be as popular now as they were when first issued.

I have luckily amassed a modest collection of these books over the years and so once again present six more volumes bearing a total of twelve covers for your perusal. As ever, I have included the Ace serial number each listing to allow for easy identification. If you enjoy this selection then be sure to come back next week for a further choice of cover artwork. Your comments are encouraged and as welcome as always.

The Million Year Hunt by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number F-285)
This version was published in 1964 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

F285 - Bulmer, The Million Year Hunt

Ships To The Stars by Fritz Leiber
(Serial Number F-285)
This version was published in 1964 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

F285 - Leiber, Ships To The Stars

Contraband From Otherspace by A. Bertram Chandler
(Serial Number G-609)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Kelly Freas

G609 - Chandler, Contraband From Otherspace

Reality Forbidden by Philip E. High
(Serial Number G-609)
This version was published in 1967 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

G609 - High, Reality Forbidden

The Water Of Thought by Fred Saberhagen
(Serial Number M-127)
This version was published in 1965 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jerome Podwil

M127 Ace, The Water Of Thought

We, The Venusians by John Rackham
(Serial Number M-127)
This version was published in 1965 by Ace Books
The cover artist is thought to be Jack Gaughan

M127 Ace, We The Venusians

Technos by E. C. Tubb
(Serial Number 27415)
This version was published in 1972 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Harry Bergman

The next book arrived rather sadly in several pieces after an obviously very rough crossing from France. I immediately got out my bookbinders glue, rubber bands and wooden braces to try and salvage this sorry looking mess of paper. This side remained pretty much unscathed so not much work for me to do here to restore its dignity once again in your library.

Ace - 79975 (a)

A Scatter Of Stardust by E. C. Tubb
(Serial Number 79975)
This version was published in 1972 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Karol Thole

It would appear that this side of the book took all the force as the page block had completely separated from the inner spine, the cover was pulled off and badly twisted. It’s not a perfect fix by any means but at least it holds together firmly now and therefore successfully avoiding the inevitable disintegration of two otherwise unreadable pair of books.

Ace- 79975 (b)

The Caves Of Mars by Emil Petaja
(Serial Number M-133)
This version was published in 1965 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Alex Schomburg

M133 - Petaja, The Caves Of Mars

Space Mercenaries by A. Bertram Chandler
(Serial Number M-133)
This version was published in 1965 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Gray Morrow

M133 - Space Mercenaries

The Wagered World by Laurence M. Janifer and S. J. Treibich
(Serial Number 81680)
This version was published in 1969 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Jack Gaughan

81680 Ace, The Wagered World

Tonight We Steal The Stars by John Jakes
(Serial Number 81680)
This version was published in 1969 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Kelly Freas

81680 Ace, Tonight We Steal The Stars

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 20

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

Blimey, are we really at Chapter 20 in this ongoing saga of Badger books already? I hope you’ve been enjoying our lazy and irreverent weekend browse through the bottom end of my more pulp oriented library shelves together, I’m sure you’ll tell me your thoughts in the comments to confirm this.

As we’ve reached 20 this week, I thought I’d choose another eye-popping cover for your delectation and this one certainly fits the bill! It’s a title by Karl Zeigfreid which roughly translates as being the work of our beloved Rev Fanthorpe and fellow Badger pen jockey John S. Glasby. Let’s run the tagline first;

They could not end his reign of terror without destroying their world.

Ok, so let’s look at this cover now shall we? The titular Android is an altogether vexed looking individual who appears to made out of gold, he has a rather dashing bald head (top notch haircut if I may say) and is striking a rather campy pose. He sports a box with a large red push button around his neck and holds an extremely menacing looking syringe in his right hand as strange disc-like antenna fly over the hills behind his back. He also appears to be wearing driving gloves.

I’m all fired up to find out how this story resolves itself now so if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to open up this musty old book and read on.

Don’t think for a moment that this ends here… there’s plenty more Badgers where this little lot came from so be sure to join me here each weekend for more pulpy madness and mayhem courtesy of the astonishingly prolific Reverend Fanthorpe and his friends.

Android by Karl Zeigfreid
(Serial Number SF79)
This version was published in 1962 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Zeigfreid Android