Another Sunday has finally arrived and so I’ve made myself that all important steaming hot cup of tea (splash of milk, no sugar, optional biscuit on the side) and settled in to read yet another rollicking tale bursting with improbable plot lines so beloved of Badger books in the 1960s. This week’s pick comes from the typewriter of Leo Brett, otherwise known as the duo of R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield.
These books just wouldn’t be the same without a cover tagline and here’s what this one reads like;
It was the biggest discovery since the Bomb, and far more dangerous.
The cover is brilliant as always – a pair of distinctly feminine hands delicately holds a madly flaming test tube aloft as a bald headed scientist, mouth agape and brow furrowed holds out his hand in horror at the prospect of explosive dangers occurring. The back cover blurb states that the contents of the tube could destroy galaxies, not something to be idly pissing about in a laboratory with then!
I can never resist the lure of a Badger cover, its sensationalist tagline and back cover blurb which I always seem to read in a stern news reader type voice. This one is no exception and so you’ll have to excuse me whilst I dig in. I’ll be here again next Sunday with another selection from my Badger shelf so be sure to join me then.
The Alien Ones by Leo Brett
(Serial Number SF94)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is H. Fox