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1 Mason, Douglas R. (aka John Rankine)From Carthage Then I Came. 19331
Doubleday: NY. 1966.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
The author's first novel.

''occasionally, under his own name - as with FFROM CARTHAGE THEN I CAME (1966; vt Eight Against Utopia 1967), Matrix (1970), The Phaeton Condition (1973) and Pitman's Progress (1976) - Mason would attempt more ambitious novels containing some social comment; some of these would be set in a sometimes disguised Wirral, near Liverpool. Generally speaking, however, he seemed content to produce rather low-pressure work, though the republication in the twenty-first century of some of his better tales, along with some new matter, suggests that his career and accomplishments may be of greater interest than previously assumed'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for a touch of edge wear.

Price: 18.00 GBP
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2 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)Last Shuttle To Planet Earth. 18839
Dennis Dobson: London. 1980.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel.

Fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket, with the signature of sf author John Clute on the front free endpaper.

Price: 10.00 GBP
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3 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)Lunar Attack: Space 1999 no 5. 09451
Dennis Dobson: London. 1975.
First hardcover edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Novelisation based on the British TV sf series. First published as a Futura paperback original earlier the same year. A very uncommon UK hardcover.

This UK-made series, created by Gerry and Sylvia ANDERSON -- who had previously produced a number of tv series (STINGRAY, THUNDERBIRDS and others) with puppets and UFO and the film DOPPELGANGER (1969) with real actors -- was obviously inspired in part by the success of STAR TREK. The format has a group of people -- live actors again -- travelling through the Galaxy, visiting various planets and encountering strange lifeforms; but, where the Star Trek characters travelled on a spaceship, the Space 1999 personnel do their interplanetary wandering on Earth's runaway Moon -- an unwieldy gimmick that must have caused many frustrations to the writers. Despite good special effects and sometimes imaginative sets the series, with its stereotyped characters and humourless scripts, was remarkably wooden, eliciting predictable jokes about puppets. The other major flaw was a scandalous disregard for basic science (>SCIENTIFIC ERRORS): stars are confused with asteroids, the Moon's progress through space follows no physical laws, and PARSECS are assumed to be a unit of velocity. The series was cancelled in 1977.


Fine copy in a near fine dustjacket with one short (1cm) closed tear and light tanning along the edges of the dustjacket and along the rear flap fold.

Price: 40.00 GBP
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4 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)One Is One. 07908
Dennis Dobson: London. 1968.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel.

Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Price: 10.00 GBP
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5 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)Space 1999 6: Astral Quest. 10259
Orbit: London. 1975.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Paperback original.
Novelisation based on the sf television series.

Inked price on first page, a NF/Fine (unread) copy with a little spine edge wear.

Price: 8.00 GBP
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6 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)Space 1999: Android Planet. 33709
Futura: London. 1976.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Paperback original.
Novelisation based on the sf television series.

Inked price on first page, corner torn from first page, else a near fine (NF) copy.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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7 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)Space: 1999 5: Lunar Attack. 10240
Orbit: London. 1975.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Paperback original.
Novelisation based on the sf television series.

Inked price on first page, rear cover marked, a VG+ copy.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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8 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)The Bromius Phenomenon. 07952
Dennis Dobson: London. 1976.
First hardcover edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
First published as a paperback original in 1973.

Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Price: 10.00 GBP
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9 Mason, Douglas R. (aka John Rankine)The Phaeton Condition. 01495
Putnam: NY. 1973.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel.

''..occasionally, under his own name as with From Carthage then I Came (1966; vt Eight Against Utopia 1967), Matrix (1970), THE PHAETON CONDITION (1973) and Pitman's Progress (1976) - Mason would attempt more ambitious novels containing some social comment; some of these would be set in a sometimes disguised Wirral, near Liverpool. Generally speaking, however, he seemed content to produce rather low-pressure work, though the republication in the twenty-first century of some of his better tales, along with some new matter, suggests that his career and accomplishments may be of greater interest than previously assumed'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket.

Price: 10.00 GBP
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