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Science Fiction Novella Review – Brian W Aldiss – Equator

1958 Various editions – Spoiler alerts

Also released as Vanguard From Alpha

One of the most action packed SF stories, crime drama, spy story, comedy thrillers I have ever read and one screaming out for turning into a movie since publication fifty-seven years ago.

The hero Tyne is sent on a spying mission on the Moon, to find out more about the Roosks, alien beings who have settled on Earth in equatorial Sumatra, and established a moon-base too.

Though seemingly friendly but reclusive, the Roosks seem to be plotting against their Earth hosts –hence the spy mission. This quickly goes wrong when the Roosks discover the spies; and one co-pilot kills the other and knocks Tyne unconscious.

Tyne wakes up on Earth to find the traitor has gone missing since landing. He sets out to pursue him, chased himself by CIA-style space agents, and the Roosks. Tyne is captured, beaten, betrayed, shot at, left marooned on a desert island and almost pulped into plankton at a fish processing factory.

And that’s only up to half way through the story. Clever, funny and how is he getting out of this mess exciting stuff. Again, I wonder how Hollywood missed this one.

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » An alien in Manchesters Bar 21 taken by me

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AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 22, 2015, 1:53 PM

It looks like it's a classic thriller , sci-fi and comedy, Equater by B.W. Aldiss that's hard to find. I looked around.

MegL wrote on January 22, 2015, 3:41 PM

Probably just as well Hollywood didn't get at it. Most books I have read have been totally different as films and sometimes you wouldn't even recognise the original!

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:01 PM

I vaguely recall this one. And it does sound as though it would translate well into a movie.

msiduri wrote on January 22, 2015, 7:12 PM

Maybe it's mercy Hollywood missed this one. They never do books justice.

JustEm wrote on January 22, 2015, 7:14 PM

Sounds like something my husband would like. I will tell him to look it up!

arthurchappell wrote on January 22, 2015, 7:34 PM

It is in a collection of the complete short stories of the 1950's published by The Friday project

scheng1 wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:19 AM

Hollywood will have to add in romance to spice up the story.