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1 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)Astral Quest: Space 1999 6. 09454
Dennis Dobson: London. 1975.
First hardcover edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Sixth (and last) volume in a series of novelisations based on the British TV series, issued as a Futura paperback original earlier the same year. Very uncommon UK hardcover

''SPACE 1999 was a UK-made tv series, with 48 episodes between 1975 and 1977, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - who had previously produced a number of other sf series (STINGRAY, THUNDERBIRDS and others) with puppets - was obviously inspired in part by the success of Star Trek. The format has a group of people - live actors - 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. A major flaw was a scandalous disregard for basic science: 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'' (John Brosnan & others/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Touch of browning along page edges, else a fine copy in an almost fine price-clipped dustjacket.

Price: 25.00 GBP
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2 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)Lunar Attack: Space 1999 5 09451
Dennis Dobson: London. 1975.
First hardcover edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Fifth volume in a series of novelisations based on the British TV series, issued as a Futura paperback original earlier the same year. Very uncommon UK hardcover

''SPACE 1999 was a UK-made tv series, with 48 episodes between 1975 and 1977, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - who had previously produced a number of other sf series (STINGRAY, THUNDERBIRDS and others) with puppets - was obviously inspired in part by the success of Star Trek. The format has a group of people - live actors - 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. A major flaw was a scandalous disregard for basic science: 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'' (John Brosnan & others/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


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: 30.00 GBP
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3 Mason, Douglas R. (aka John Rankine)Matrix. 42647
Robert Hale: London. 1971.
First hardcover edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel, first published as a Ballantine paperback original in 1970. Robert Hale produced books primarily for the library market (still flourishing in the 1970s) and so most titles are very uncommon:

''Robert Hale was a UK publishing firm which from 1936 - 1984, though mainly in the 1970s, published more than 450 sf novels, in hardbound editions, primarily for the library market. A large majority of titles originating with the firm were uniform in length (192 pages) and routine in substance, most being Space Operas varied with occasional Dystopias, though other forms of sf also featured. Although in the 1970s Hale published many US sf writers - including Poul Anderson, A Bertram Chandler, Hal Clement, Gordon R Dickson, Ron Goulart, Harry Harrison, Keith Laumer, Frank Belknap Long, Andre Norton, Robert Silverberg and Kate Wilhelm - from the mid-70s most titles issued were by authors unknown to the sf world. Some of these were young authors - for example, Adrian Cole and David S Garnett - who would soon move on to more ambitious projects, and some - for example, the actor Michael Elder - were authors who published primarily with Hale and who were clearly real individuals. Many, however, were pseudonyms, some of which have never been been identified'' (John Clute & David Langford/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition)..


Light spotting along page edges, an almost fine copy in an almost fine PRICE-CLIPPED dustjacket.

Price: 15.00 GBP
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4 Rankine, John (aka Douglas R. Mason)Moon Odyssey: Space 1999 2. 09389
Dennis Dobson: London. 1975.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Second volume in a series of novelisations based on the British TV series, issued as a Futura paperback original earlier the same year. Very uncommon UK hardcover

''SPACE 1999 was a UK-made tv series, with 48 episodes between 1975 and 1977, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - who had previously produced a number of other sf series (STINGRAY, THUNDERBIRDS and others) with puppets - was obviously inspired in part by the success of Star Trek. The format has a group of people - live actors - 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. A major flaw was a scandalous disregard for basic science: 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'' (John Brosnan & others/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Page edges a little browned, else a fine copy in a VG+ price-clipped dustjacket with light edge wear and dust-soiling along rear flap fold.

Price: 25.00 GBP
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5 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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6 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.

''SPACE 1999 was a UK-made tv series, with 48 episodes between 1975 and 1977, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - who had previously produced a number of other sf series (STINGRAY, THUNDERBIRDS and others) with puppets - was obviously inspired in part by the success of Star Trek. The format has a group of people - live actors - 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. A major flaw was a scandalous disregard for basic science: 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'' (John Brosnan & others/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


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

Price: 5.00 GBP
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7 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.

''SPACE 1999 was a UK-made tv series, with 48 episodes between 1975 and 1977, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - who had previously produced a number of other sf series (STINGRAY, THUNDERBIRDS and others) with puppets - was obviously inspired in part by the success of Star Trek. The format has a group of people - live actors - 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. A major flaw was a scandalous disregard for basic science: 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'' (John Brosnan & others/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


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

Price: 5.00 GBP
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8 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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9 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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