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Charles Eric Maine's Spaceways

Spaceways is a 1953 British science fiction novel by Charles Eric Maine which began life as a successful radio play and in 1953 was turned into a movie by Hammer Films (it was their first sci-fi film). The movie, directed by Terence Fisher, was successful enough to persuade Maine to turn it into a novel.

It's a clever and offbeat sci-fi tale that is worth seeking out.

Here's the link to my review.


recent sci-fi reviews

Recent science fiction posts from my Vintage Pop Fictions blog:

Laurence M. Janifer’s Slave Planet, published in 1963, a rather cynical look at how human encounters with alien races might pan out.

Robert Bloch's Atoms and Evil, a collection of interestingly bizarre short stories from the 40s and 50s. Some of the stories are humorous, some are ironic, most are amusingly twisted.

Village of the Damned

best SF reads of 2020

best reads of 2020

It’s once again the time of year for making lists. These were the science fiction books I most enjoyed during 2020.

Leigh Brackett’s moody 1951 sword-and-planet adventure Black Amazon of Mars. No-one did sword-and-planet tales better than Brackett.

Nictzin Dyalhis’s truly odd and rather uneven but intriguing collection of short stories (published in Weird Tales between 1925 and 1940) The Sapphire Goddess.

Paul W. Fairman’s 1952 hardboiled detective/science fiction crossover novel The Girl Who Loved Death which works quite well in both genres.

Henry Slesar’s delightfully enjoyable science fiction horror take of monsters from the sea, The Secret of Marracott Deep.

John Norman’s Tarnsman of Gor (which is not quite what its reputation would lead you to expect).