Sunday, September 18, 2011

Read first pages of Emil Petaja's 1965 novel The Caves of Mars

Follow the doctor’s orders — to two worlds’ doom

The Caves of Mars, a novel by American science fiction writer Emil Petaja (New York: Ace Books, 1965) paperback, 125 p., #M-133, 45¢. Cover art by Alex Schomburg. Ace Double novel, bound with Space Mercenaries by A. Bertram Chandler.

According to The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction (1990), a highly respected work by David Pringle, The Caves of Mars is “an ill-written, low-pressure space opera, in which the maguffin is a drug made from a Martian fungus.”

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