This week’s pick from the Badger shelf is by A. J. Merak which is the pen name of Fanthorpe associate John S. Glasby who is probably better known to regular readers of this series as part of the trio of writers working under the name of John E. Muller. This is one of those unusual Badger SF books from this period not to feature any input from the good reverend himself. The tagline looks like this;
The salvation of Earth’s planetary colony depended on one man and he had been made to forget!
The cover is a great Charles Bril piece featuring the head of a rather amusingly balding astronaut wearing a fishbowl style glass helmet set against a striking interstellar backdrop featuring a green ringed planet. I love the slightly bemused look on the astronaut’s face as his eyes settle on something just out of view of the reader.
It’s time to look past that cover now and delve into the pages to find out if this rather baffled looking elderly gent can come up with the goods and save the colony from its impending doom. I’ll be serving up more Badger goodies next week so join me here as usual and also feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Hydrosphere by A. J. Merak
(Serial Number SF36)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Charles Bril