Digital Digits Six. The Series Finale

If you’re a regular visitor to this humble enclave of SF goodness then you’ll know by now that this ongoing mini-series is dedicated to books published by the Digit imprint which in turn was owned by Brown Watson Ltd. If this is your first visit to unsubscribedblog then you’ve missed all the action so far, I would most definitely suggest going back to read the other parts if you enjoy this one. You’ll find them by using these handy links; One, Two, Three, Four & Five.

And so, like all good things our dalliance with my digitised Digits must come to an end. It’s been a good run but I think just one last selection of random covers is in order to finish off the series. I have a stash of other Digits which just didn’t quite make the cut this time but I’m sure they’ll be cropping up somewhere in future posts.

I do hope that you’ve enjoyed this six week residency by Digit Books and have had a few nostalgic moments or maybe looked on amazed at some of these early SF covers. It’s been great putting this all together and creating a small record of some of my favourites. Thanks again to all who have sent titles my way in one form or another, it’s much appreciated.

Please drop by and leave a comment to let me know if you’ve enjoyed this series or indeed anything really, I’m always grateful for your feedback.

Ok, now on with the show…

The Forgotten Race by Julius P. Newton
(Serial Number R747)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

The Forgotten Race by Julius P. Newton

The Secret Of ZI by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R515)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Brian Lewis

Digit - Bulmer, The Secret Of ZI

Beyond The Spectrum by Martin Thomas
(Serial Number R864)
This version was published in 1964 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Sam Peffer

Beyond The Spectrum by Martin Thomas

When The Moon Died By Richard Savage
(Serial Number R674)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

When The Moon Died by Richard Savage

The Changeling Worlds by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R758)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

The Changeling Worlds by Kenneth Bulmer

Nuclear Subtraction by Colin Roberts
(Serial Number R683)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Robert A. Osborne

Nuclear Subtraction by Colin Roberts

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A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 28

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

After a couple of weeks off spent sampling hospital food (mainly bad), I’m back to serve up yet another tasty Badger treat for your delectation. This week’s title hides under no pseudonym, the name of R. L. Fanthorpe adorns the cover along with the following tagline;

The invaders left the world facing the deadliest peril in its history

The cover art by a chap called Carlo Jacono is pure Badger – a fabulously attired astronaut stands atop a rocky outcrop menacingly brandishing a boulder at his counterpart below on the pock-marked green planet’s surface. Fabulous stuff I’m sure you’ll agree!

It’s great to feature a book here which Fanthorpe decided to put his real name on as I have no other such titles in my collection.

Join me again next weekend for another dip into the archives as I present my day’s reading to you for further analysis.

Doomed World by R. L. Fanthorpe
(Serial Number SF25)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Carlo Jacono

Badger - Fanthorpe, Doomed World

Fanthorpe, Doomed World (Back)

Digital Digits Five. The Penultimate Episode

If you’re a regular visitor here then you’ll be well aware by now that this ongoing mini-series is dedicated to books published by the Digit imprint which in turn was owned by Brown Watson Ltd. If this is your first visit to unsubscribedblog then you’ve missed the first four parts which can be accessed here, here, here and here.

Having covered spacecraft and astronauts over the first four parts of the series I thought that for my final two instalments I’d pick a random selection of covers for your delectation. It’s just a shame that more of this great artwork isn’t acknowledged – all six of these books are uncredited despite the last two being signed, no other information exists to uncover who these talented artists were.

As far as a lack of information is concerned, you may also be surprised to learn that some books don’t even give a publication date and so the ever present serial number becomes an essential tool for collectors and those looking to age titles with missing dates. Once again, I bow to the fountain of knowledge that is the Internet Speculative Fiction Database and its many contributors for helping me pick my way through this potential minefield of inconsistency.

Here are this week’s six covers to pore and ponder over, be sure to join me for the final episode next week.

Corpus Earthling by Louis Charbonneau
(Serial Number R753)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Corpus Earthling by Louis Charbonneau

From Outer Space by Mildred Danforth
(Serial Number R760)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

From Outer Space by Mildred Danforth

Three Quarters by Graeme De Timms
(Serial Number R740)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Three Quarters by Graeme De Timms

The Change by George C. Foster
(Serial Number R721)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

The Change by George C. Foster

City Under The Sea by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R672)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited although painting signed “Henry”

City Under The Sea by Kenneth Bulmer

The Uninhibited by Dan Morgan
(Serial Number R771)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited although painting signed “A.W.”

The Unhibited by Dan Morgan

Digital Digits Four. More Astronauts

If you’re a regular visitor to my humble blog then you’ll be well aware by now that this ongoing mini-series is dedicated to books published by the Digit imprint which in turn was owned by Brown Watson Ltd. If this is your first visit to unsubscribedblog then you’ve missed the first three parts which can be accessed here, here and here.

Last week I posted a selection of six books which all had astronauts of some kind on their covers and so I’ve decided to continue in this vein for a second helping of those plucky men (and the odd woman) who fly into space to protect this fragile planet from an ineffable doom!

If you have any thoughts on anything you’ve seen so far then please do leave me a comment, I’m always happy to receive a little feedback.

Assignment Luther by Lan Wright
(Serial Number R686)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Robert A. Osborne

Digit - Wright Assignment Luther

Split Image by Reed De Rouen
(Serial Number R728)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - De Rouen Split Image

The Genetic General by Gordon R. Dickson
(Serial Number R437)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky

Digit - The Genetic General, Dickson

The Voice From Baru by Tom Wade
(Serial Number R661)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Alvaro

Digit - Wade, The Voice From Baru

The Secret Visitors by James White
(Serial Number R725)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - White The Secret Visitors

The Amazing Mr. Lutterworth by Desmond Leslie
(Serial Number D315)
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Leslie The Amazing Mr Lutterworth

Digital Digits Three. Astronauts

In the first two parts of this article I wrote about how the Digit imprint was founded in 1956 by Brown Watson Ltd to publish science fiction in an attempt to capitalise on the huge boom in public interest. I then posted a series of book covers which had various different designs of spaceship adorning them (here and here). This week, I’m delving into the world of those brave men (and the odd token woman) who pilot these mighty ships through infinite space, it’s time then for the astronauts.

Here’s my first selection of six books which feature astronauts doing all manner of action packed stuff in the face of interstellar adversity and generally being terribly heroic about it. Join me here next week for another array of astronaut related Digit goodies.

Fury by Henry Kuttner
(Serial Number R413)
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Digit - Kuttner Fury

The Wind Of Liberty by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R607)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Robert A. Osborne

Digit - Bulmer, The Wind Of Liberty

The Peacemakers by Curtis W. Casewit
(Serial Number R704)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Casewit, The Peacemakers

The Secret Visitors by James White
(Serial Number R479)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Digit - White, The Secret Visitors

A Thousand Ages by D. E. Ellis
(Serial Number R757)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Ellis A Thousand Ages

Assignment in Eternity by Robert A. Heinlein
(Serial Number D368)
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

Digit - Heinlein Assignment in Eternity