A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 36

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

I promised last week that I’d be here again this Sunday with more Badger goodness and so let’s have a look at which title I’ve selected from the library to read today. It’s another book by John E. Muller – pen name for the trio of R. L. Fanthorpe, John S. Glasby and A. A. Glynn. Ready for the tagline?

They came in a surge of shock and agony… The radiant mind Gods

The cover is another classic Badger painting depicting a rather stern-faced chap wearing a matching helmet/headphone/choker combo of sorts and holding on to two crackling electrodes. Sparks of electricity are issuing from the whole setup although I have to say he looks merely determined rather than shocked or agonised as the tagline suggests he would be. I don’t normally mention the back cover blurb in these articles but couldn’t resist drawing your attention to the last line;

Another piece of superlative science fiction from today’s top British science fiction.

What? Is that a typo or are my eyes and addled mind deceiving me? I’ll let you, dear reader decide for yourself whilst I delve into the pages of this novel. More from the good Reverend next week, please feel free to drop your comments in the box as usual.

The Mindmakers by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF58)
This version was published in 1961 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Muller, The Mind Makers

The Mindmakers - Back


6 thoughts on “A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 36

    • unsubscriber 28/07/2015 / 2:58 pm

      I’d definitely agree with you there Joachim, the writing quite often follows suit too! All the best.


  1. Guy 26/07/2015 / 4:07 pm


    I have been reluctant to order books that could languish in Canadian Customs while at the cabin, but despite the fact this would come with a exorbitant shipping cost I will have to look for this when I get back to the city. This is everything I like in a cover electrical gizmos, rays zapping everywhere
    anguished faces in the background. Reading the back cover it is hard to understand what part of unleashing your subconscious ” Forbidden Planet anyone ” seems like a good idea but when has that ever stopped our intrepid scientist?

    “Radiant Mind Gods ” yowsers!!!!

    Thanks for this.

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    • unsubscriber 28/07/2015 / 3:01 pm

      Once again I’m glad you enjoyed this one Guy, good luck tracking down a copy when you’re back in the city. I was lucky to fall on this one completely by accident and at a fairly decent price too as Badger books seem to end up with exorbitant price tags these days. Another classic cover… and the book was pretty good too if a little strange in places. Take it easy my friend.


  2. lcmt 28/07/2015 / 8:11 pm

    This is a fantastic image! The rays of electricity look more solid, more like needles. Many years ago I was introduce to a particular kind of object in African Art. It was called a power object or power figure, although earlier it had been termed a fetish. The figure bristled with nails and pieces of metal hammered into its surface. It had an amazing presence, and I loved it instantly. This cover reminds me of that.

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    • unsubscriber 28/07/2015 / 8:24 pm

      Glad you liked this one Lin, another of my favourite Badger covers. I’ve seen pictures of African fetishes so I can see where you would draw a distinction between those objects and this mysterious apparatus x

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