Friday, December 3, 2010

1950’s Ace Double novel: The Mars Monopoly by Jerry Sohl

The Mars Monopoly (1956), a science fiction novel by Jerry Sohl.

Paperback original (New York: Ace Books, 1956), #D-162, 183 p., 35¢. Cover art by Ed Valigursky. There is no promotional piece on the back cover because this is an Ace Double novel, bound with R. De Witt Miller and Anna Hunger’s The Man Who Lived Forever. So, here’s the blurb from the inside of the front cover:

A guy's gotta earn a living somewhere – and if it isn't on Earth, it might as well be on Mars. That is if the Syndicate would let you live on the red planet. Bert Schaun found himself washed-up as a round-the-world rocket racer, blacklisted by Thornton McAllister. He tried to make a new life for himself prospecting for uranium in the lonesome vastness of the asteroids.

But McAllister’s fury hunted him even to Mars; the issue became a struggle to stay alive against the dangers imposed by McAllister’s interplanetary power. And then Bert found that he was not only fighting for his own survival, but for the survival, too, of a whole race of Martian outcasts.

Singlehandedly, he had to combat genocide on the planet Mars!

Perhaps best known as a script writer for The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Star Trek, Jerry Sohl died November 4, 2002, in Thousand Oaks, California. His obituary appeared in the Los Angeles Times and his death was reported by several online sources, including Locus Online. The Jerry Sohl papers (1958-1983) are located in the archives of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.

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