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A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 56

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

It’s getting close to a certain time of the year now and being a devout disbeliever I don’t really take part in the usual preparations, celebrations or general brouhaha associated with it. Because of this fact, I decided to save my last Badger Supernatural Special until today in a bid to redress the balance a little. This title is by Bron Fane which is a pen name used by R. L. Fanthorpe writing on his own for a change. Let’s cut to the tagline shall we;

Man had raised a fiend which nothing could chain

Badger regular Harry Fox turns in a stellar cover for this one depicting three cloaked men carrying a cross in a hopefully disastrous attempt to ward off a giant demon which has materialised before them. Their fiendish nemesis is great – all pointy teeth and talon-like nails although he does have a decidedly worried expression on his face.

Time now to read on and see who wins this eternal struggle between good and evil, I know who I’ll be rooting for!

And with this book, I have sadly reached the end of the Badger shelf in my library so this post will be the last entry in this long running series. I hope that you’ve enjoyed the multitude of covers presented along the way as much as I have reading each novel, your frequent comments seem to suggest that you have. Thanks for sticking with me and sharing your thoughts each week, it’s been a pleasure to have you all along for the ride. I’ll just have to find an alternative reading source for my lazy Sundays during 2016 now. Last chance for your comments on this final Badger book or the series as a whole.

Unknown Destiny by Bron Fane
(Serial Number SN84)
This version was published in 1964 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Harry Fox

Badger - Fane, Unknown Destiny

Fane, Unknown Destiny (Back)

From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.24, Five Classic Titles

This week’s article is going to be short and to the point, no need for any in-depth information or history on this brief collection of five books. These are classic tomes which I’m sure that we’ve all either got a copy lurking away on our shelves somewhere or have at least read at some point down the years. This was a purely arbitrary selection based on nifty cover designs rather than any lofty notion of literary standing and so this small selection of greats is obviously just a tiny snapshot of the pantheon of truly outstanding science fiction literature we are truly lucky to have access to.

No more talking now, let’s look at some lovely book covers instead;

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This version was published in 1963 by Ballantine Books
The cover artist is Joe Mugnaini

Bradbury Fahrenheit 451

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
This version was published in 1964 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is John Griffiths

Wyndham The Chrysalids

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
This version was published in 2008 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Unbelievably for me this was an incredibly late printing that I decided to pick up after much deliberation. Prices of earlier editions were bordering on lunacy and so my attentions turned elsewhere. I think this modern/retro design is extremely well executed and I’m very pleased to have it nestled amongst my vintage paperbacks where I don’t think it looks out of place in the slightest.

Orwell 1984

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This version was published in 1983 by Panther / Granada
The cover artist is Heinrich Hoerle

Huxley Brave New World

War Of The Worlds by H. G. Wells
This version was published in 1971 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Harry Willock

Wells The War Of The Worlds

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 55

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

Well, we’ve almost run out of Sundays for this year and so I’m looking forward to my lazy part of the weekend with a Badger book for company all the more this time around. I’ve been saving today’s choice of title for some months now but I’m finally ready to enjoy it without interruption. It’s yet another penned by John E. Muller or the trio of R. L. Fanthorpe, John S. Glasby and A. A. Glynn. Let’s cast an eye over that ever-present tagline now shall we;

Mankind, past and present, waited to learn if there was a possible future

And what a cover we have here! A gaggle of somewhat anxious looking people stand huddled together in the foreground as a huge spaceship hovers ominously behind them. The ship is spherical in shape and is bristling with crackling antennae, it looks more like a giant tree decoration than a spacecraft!

Well, that’s almost it for this year now and I have only one more Badger book left on my shelf to share with you so be sure to join me next week as I draw this long running series to a close. Your comments on this week’s cover are more than welcome as usual.

Night Of The Big Fire by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF75)
This version was published in 1962 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Muller, Night Of The Big Fire (SF75)

Muller, Night Of The Big Fire (Back)

More Digital Digits

Back in April & May of this year I produced a series of six articles featuring covers from titles published by Digit Books, the science fiction imprint of Brown Watson Ltd. I covered a number of themes across these posts from spaceships to astronauts and beyond but still had a couple of books remaining at the end. I’ve since picked up several more of these rather fantastic books and so I thought I’d round them all up into an addendum post for your enjoyment.

Here then are four additional Digit Books which have since been added to my collection along with the remaining two from the previous series. I hope that you enjoy these covers as much as the original run of Digital Digits. Please feel free to comment and like as usual.

Project Jupiter by Fredric Brown
(Serial Number D173)
This version was published in 1958 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Brown, Project Jupiter

Islands In The Sky by Arthur C. Clarke
(Serial Number R802)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Clarke, Islands In The Sky

The Changeling Worlds by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R758)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Bulmer, The Changeling Worlds

Once In Time by Peter Dagmar
(Serial Number R746)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Dagmar, Once In Time

Equator by Brian W. Aldiss
(Serial Number R533)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Aldiss, Equator

Who Speaks Of Conquest by Lan Wright
(Serial Number R742)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is credited as Adams

Digit - Wright, Who Speak of Conquest

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 54

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

It’s that time of the week to brew a nice cup of tea and pull out a Badger book from the shelves before settling down on the couch for some uninterrupted reading action. Today’s selection is by Pel Torro which is of course R. L. Fanthorpe and Harry O. Mansfield in disguise. Here comes the tagline;

They had waited since the Beginning, now the END was at hand

The cover is great and features some astronauts, a futuristic domed city and yet another one of Badger’s much loved disembodied heads ringed by a halo in the centre. I love the figure’s shoulder length locks and pointy goatee beard which makes him look more than a bit hippyish!

Best dive in now before my tea gets cold and read on. There’ll be more Badger goodness for your viewing pleasure next weekend so join me again then, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Through The Barrier by Pel Torro
(Serial Number SF91)
This version was published in 1963 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Torro, Through The Barrier

Torro, Through The Barrier (Back)

When The Earth & The Moon Died

A few days ago I was sorting through some library shelves in a bid to tidy things up a little when I came across these two very similarly titled books. Mannheim’s novel tackles the destruction of the Earth whereas Savage takes his devastation a little farther afield – to the moon. After conducting some research, I also discovered that each novel was the sole publication for both authors.

I found the discovery of these two titles on the same shelf oddly pleasing in a purely random sort of way and so decided to share them here with you all. I hope that you enjoy these two tales of catastrophic devastation, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments as always.

When The Earth Died by Karl Mannheim
This version was published in 1972 by Five Star Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Mannheim, When The Earth Died

When The Moon Died by Richard Savage
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Savage, When The Moon Died