Mar. 28th, 2012

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WE Johns small number of Science Fiction books tend to get overlooked in amongst his fairly prolific output of Biggles and Worrals adventures. I get the feeling his heart wasn't really in it – possibly they were something he opportunistically had a go at in the late 50's, when the Biggles, World War 2 thing was starting to seem old hat and Sputnik had caught the public imagination.

But I just found a copy of The Man Who Vanished into Space (1963) in a charity shop. According to the blurb "Professor Brane and the crew of the spaceship Tavona are amazed when they discover the body they found floating in deep space is that of a Highland gamekeeper".

Well, I'd be amazed as well. But damn it, I really want to find out what was up with the gamekeeper. Unfortunately, it's a nice copy with a clean DJ so the C.Shop wants £19 for it. It'll forever remain a mystery unless I find a tatty pb.

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