To Boldly Go Where Aliens Have Already Been

We can thank New Wave Science Fiction and its experimental “what if” nature of soft science for everything from Star Trek (and so fake Spock toys) to works which emphasized “hypothesis” of ancient human-extraterrestrial contact. It’s the last group, the sensationalized books which are the fodder of Roswell conspiracists, which seem to find me. Like this stack of retro paperbacks. Hey, Star Trek may have been the most accurate in terms of technological predictions; but Chariots Of The Gods has given us all Ancient Aliens on the History Channel. Yeah, that’s not much of a defense. But a few of them might be kind of fun to read… Or not. I can’t promise anything in any direction.

Vintage Conan (The Barbarian, Not The Comedian – But There Is Orange)

From the Conan book world, vintage books for auction at Heritage Auctions:

Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp. Tales of Conan. New York: Gnome Press, [1955]. First edition. Octavo. Publisher’s binding and dust jacket. Currey’s (E) binding. Book has light rubbing to extremities and light soiling to front board. Bookplate. Mild foxing to page edges and endpapers. Jacket is lightly edge worn with a few chips and tears. Overall foxing and toning. Very good. Estimate: $1 – up.

Robert E. Howard. Conan the Conqueror. New York: Gnome, [1950]. First edition, first printing. Octavo. 255 pages. Publisher’s binding and dust jacket. Mild rubbing to cloth extremities with a small area of soiling to front board. Bookplate. Faint foxing to page edges. Jacket is lightly rubbed and edge worn with several small chips and tears, and sunning to spine. Very good. Estimate: $1 – up.

The Aliens Are Coming! (But Don’t Worry, They’re Bringing Their Own Giant Decapitated Heads)

Itty bitty flying saucers carrying giant human heads, why worry?

The cover of Night Of The Saucers by Eando Binder, author of Menace of the Saucers; published by Unibook, copyright 1971. Artists name is really difficult to make out… Perhaps John Cayon?

Text from the back cover:


It was Earth’s darkest hour. Weak, backward, prey to attack, it could only be saved by the Vigilantes. Sci-fi writer Thane Smith and his beautiful, adored wife Miribel, had the task of discrediting UFO stories. But how could they after they ran up against a playboy-monster who could only have been created by an alien race?

Yup, it’s just moved to the top of my reading pile.