This week, I’ll be reading the reverse side of Ace Double serial number D-291 which I began last Sunday with Lest We Forget Thee, Earth by Calvin M. Knox (here). Today it’s the turn of Raymond Z. Gallun to provide the story which is described on the front cover by the Detroit Times as “packed with action”. Here’s the blurb from the inside page;
Scientific experiments on the moon and an accidental lunar explosion that seared the earth triggers another tale from the imaginative pen of Raymond Z. Gallun.
The secret of life and the retiring to the living of victims of the holocaust initiate a conflict for Ed Dukas, Gallun’s scientific pioneer of the future. Restoring persons through scientific methods, personality records and the memories of near kin, leaves one fatal flaw. They lack one indefinable quality – a divine spark, perhaps a soul.
Gallon depicts a struggle between the restored people and the natural living. Life on the asteroids, thought machines, a journey to Mars and a star ship expedition to Sirius are woven into the plot.
People Minus X is packed with action, science-fiction style.
Sounds rather intriguing doesn’t it? The Emsh cover is yet another brilliant example of this great artist’s talent. It depicts a trio of falling people who are clad in what look like bandages and are tethered together as they plummet. The background image is that of a human face rendered in an impressionistic style.
Time to read now and discover the outcome of this struggle between the living and the previously dead. I’ll be back in week’s time with yet more Ace Double action so be sure to join me then. Your thoughts and comments are as always, warmly appreciated.
People Minus X by Raymond Z. Gallun
(Serial Number D-291)
This version was published in 1958 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller