Kemlo And The Space Lanes.

By: Eliott, E. C.

Price: £40.00

Quantity: 1 available


Juvenile sf novel, part of a classic series. Illustrated by Bruce Cornwell Iincluding one colour frontispiece).

''best-known pseudonym of the prolific UK author Reginald Alec Martin (1908-1971), whose output consisted chiefly of stories for children. As Eliott he wrote the Kemlo sequence of Children's SF novels - beginning with Kemlo and the Crazy Planet (1954) and ending fifteen volumes later with Kemlo and the Masters of Space (1963) - which had a powerful emotional impact on many of their youthful UK readers, helping shape the thoughts of a generation towards sf. Kemlo and his friends, living with their parents in Space Habitats, are young adolescents of the first generation to be born in space, and as a result can breathe vacuum although they cannot survive in any atmosphere. Despite this staggering implausibility, the tales of the children's adventures are reasonably enjoyable for their type and vintage. The Space-Station settings, with families and above all children routinely Up There, were innovative, at least for children's sf; the characters seemed real, rather than being grim-jawed adult male heroes or indestructible precocious superbrats; and the books as a whole are comparable in quality with those being produced at about the same time by, for example, Captain W E Johns, or - at a more adult level - by Charles Chilton. As indicated by back-jacket copy, the Kemlo books were intended to form an ongoing Spaceworld series, the first six being issued in pairs to encourage collectors. The initial pair of books were the most emotionally effective, with some strong archetypal imagery of birth and death; thereafter both writing and illustrations changed direction from childlike wonder to slightly more realistic frontier-of-progress material. Vacuum in Eliott's universe is not emptiness but a kind of universal ether containing the Imaginary-Science substance ''plasmorgia'', which sustains the space children and exhibits ''spume-wake'' disturbances from passing Spaceships'' (John Clute and others/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition)

Title: Kemlo And The Space Lanes.

Author Name: Eliott, E. C.

Categories: Other,

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Thomas Nelson & Sons: London.: 1955.

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Page edges a little age-darkened, else a fine copy in a VG+ (bright, unfaded pictorial) dustjacket, with spine edge wear and clipped (though price still showing) inner front flap.

Seller ID: 42753