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