A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 39

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

This week’s delve into the Badger archive to find a book for the day has turned up something quite unique, a title which has nothing whatsoever to do with the good Reverend Fanthorpe. Instead we get an early novel by respected author Murray Leinster no less! I wonder how many other titles were published by Badger featuring work by such authors as Leinster? It’s about time someone got around to writing a book about this seminal pulp powerhouse and it’s output including a thorough and extensive bibliography. But enough of these musings, it’s about time we cut quickly to the tagline;

Was he the only man on earth who could call his mind his own?

And as befitting the work of such an esteemed writer, the cover is by Emsh rather than some underpaid hack staff artist – and what a beauty it is too! A silvery woman stands with her arms up to the heavens as she emits some kind of crackling energy which envelops a series of fascinated onlookers. They all appear unharmed by this strange feat except for one of the men who screams in agony – presumably because his brain is being stolen. It’s classic Emsh alright and I love it.

Time to dig in now and discover the secrets that these musty pages contain, join me here again next week for more Badger goodness – who knows what I’ll turn up next!

The Brain Stealers by Murray Leinster
(Serial Number SF33)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Emsh

Leinster, The Brain Stealers

The Brain Stealers - Back

4 thoughts on “A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 39

  1. Bernie 09/08/2015 / 11:38 am

    Possibly the best known non-Fanthorpe is Who? by Algis Budrys. Its 1st UK publication was in 1960, Badger SF 28, with a cover by Robert V Engel which was lifted wholesale from the 1958 Pyramid Books world 1st publication. Gollancz issued the first hardback in 1962, and it’s since become an SF classic.

    Incidentally, this Leinster cover was originally used on an Ace Double, D-413, issued in 1960.

    Thanks for sharing this Leinster with us, and for sending me off to look for Who? Like you I wonder how many others there are, one day . . . . . 🙂

    Take care, Bernie xxxxx

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    • unsubscriber 09/08/2015 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks for the information Bernie, you’re a veritable fountain of knowledge! Glad you enjoyed this one, more to come over the next weeks until I’ve exhausted my supply. Take care and all the best xxx


  2. lcmt 21/08/2015 / 8:10 pm

    This is a stunning cover. I love Emshwiller’s detail. I love his antique sci-fi technology, with its shiny tubes and spidery filaments. Because of this cover, I am feeling a new appreciation for his work.

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    • unsubscriber 26/08/2015 / 1:13 pm

      I’m glad you liked this one Lin, I always love a good Emsh cover too, his work is always intriguing. All the best.

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