This week’s pick from the groaning Badger shelf is a little different from past titles in two ways; Firstly, it’s not written by a gaggle of staff pen jockeys at Badger nor does it have anything to do with the good Reverend Fanthorpe. Secondly, it’s a film novelisation/movie tie-in. It was actually penned by a Hollywood movie director, one Robert A. Wise and is his only book listed on the ISFDB. I haven’t actually seen the film so I don’t know what to expect from its pages.
The tagline is more of an advertisement for the film and reads;
An action packed science fiction story from the Fred O. Gebhardt motion picture hit produced in Hollywood
The cover shows a rocket ship flying past a sun-bathed earth whilst several astronauts stand below on a suspiciously green and verdant looking lunar surface. They all appear to be engaged in some form of the hokey-cokey, arms outstretched toward each other. It doesn’t look to be anything like the action packed, life or death situation as promised by the blurb on the back cover.
Ah well, that could all change inside and so I’ll dive in headlong and read on…
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12 To The Moon movie novelisation by Robert A. Wise
(Serial Number SF59)
This version was published in 1961 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited