Ah, another lazy Sunday rolls around leaving me with nothing whatsoever to do but to wander over to the bookcases and select a Badger title from the shelves before retiring to my favourite spot on the sofa. No worries or interruptions for the next few hours, just sheer pulpy sci-fi bliss. This week’s novel has been on my radar for a long time because of the rather striking cover but we’ll get to that in a minute. It’s by Lionel Roberts, the sole pen-name of our dear old Reverend Fanthorpe himself. And so to our ubiquitous tagline;
How would it end this strange forever, they were prisoners of time.
Then there’s that cover image, a naked man (intimacies blushingly concealed to spare any embarrassments, well the book was published in 1959!) standing inside a contraption which the back cover blurb tells us is a time vortex transporter as he looks off toward a bustling future metropolis. And what a contraption it is too – all curved perspex and shiny steel. The bottom half kind of reminds me of a 1960s lava lamp!
I’ve waited long enough to delve into this intriguing title and so now’s my chance to find out exactly what does happen to our protagonist Mike Grafton as he flees from the evil security forces of Rajak the Magnificent! Join me again next Sunday for another helping of Badger goodness and as ever, leave me a comment if you feel inclined to do so.
Time-Echo by Lionel Roberts
(Serial Number SF23)
This version was published in 1959 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Eddie Jones