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AVENGERS OF THE MOON A Captain Future Novel

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AVENGERS OF THE MOON A Captain Future Novel

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Highly Recommended. By Allen Steele. An old-fashioned, SF pulp adventure with a modern sensibility. The author of Arkwright reprises the popular Edmond Hamilton series from the 1940s pulps. Curt Newton has spent his life hidden from humankind, raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. Curt's innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. To uncover the evil mastermind--Curt must become Captain Future.

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An old-fashioned, SF pulp adventure with a modern sensibility. The author of Arkwright reprises the popular Edmond Hamilton series from the 1940s pulps. Curt Newton has spent his life hidden from humankind, raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. Curt's innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. To uncover the evil mastermind―Curt must become Captain Future.

With the permission of the Edmond Hamilton estate, Allen Steele revives the exciting adventures of Captain Future. This was a long-running feature, with 27 stories including a novel by Manly Wade Wellman. One of the better pulp series and highly collectible today, the character was created by Mort Weisinger, who became the famous Superman editor of the 1950s and 60s. In fact, Capt. Future has a lot in common with Capt. Comet, the long-running feature in the Julius Schwartz-edited Strange Adventures.

I just finished reading this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope we are treated to a sequel. Steele updates our 1940s hero for today's age, with a new origin story, plausible new technology (a specialty of his) and a page-turning story that has sympathetic and interesting characters and love interest--a lady interplanetary cop. Part of our team is a one-of-a-kind intelligent cyborg, a classic robot who thinks for himself, and then there's the Brain, a former scientist who died. His brain lives on in a sort of flying roomba contraption. And he can talk to our hero by telepathy. Loved it! -Bud

If my glowing endorsement isn't sufficient, check out these two big name pros: 

"Allen Steele makes you young again in Avengers of the Moon. A Rollicking 'golden age' sci-fi good time." -David Brin, Hugo-award winning author of The Postman

"Ed Hamilton, Allen, and Captain Future. All favorites of mine and, I believe, of a lot more readers ready to discover what made Planet Stories a monthly treat. -Gregory Benford, Author of Timescape.

Author Allen Steele worked as a freelance journalist before becoming a prolific science fiction writer. He has garnered multiple Hugo Awards for his novellas and novelettes, and his novel Orbital Decay won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. In 2013, he received the Robert A. Heinlein Award in recognition of his fiction promoting space exploration.

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The stories were published in the pulp magazines from 1940 to 1951, featuring bright-colored cover illustrations by Earle Bergey and two fellow pulp artists. The adventures mostly appeared in Captain Future's own magazine but later stories appeared in Startling Stories. Captain Future is Curtis Newton, a brilliant scientist and adventurer who roams the solar system solving problems, righting wrongs, and vanquishing futuristic supervillains.

[This book is essentially his origin and first adventure updated--not unlike Harry Potter, he's a naive young man who long ago lost his parents. He has been brought up, not by wizards and witches, but by a cyborg, a robot, and a flying, disembodied brain.]

The series contains a number of assumptions about the solar system which are outlandish by modern standards but which still seemed plausible, at least to the general public, at the time the stories were written. All of the planets of the solar system, and many of the moons and asteroids, are suitable for life, and most are already occupied by humanoid extraterrestrial races.

The initial adventures take place in the planets of the solar system but later stories (after the character invents the "vibration drive") take the hero to other stars, other dimensions and even the distant past and almost to the end of the Universe. For example, they visit the star Demeb, which is the origin of Earth humans, as well as many other humanoid races across the Solar System and beyond.

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Item Code AVENM
Publisher TOR
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9780765382191
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 6x9
# Pages 300pg
Color Text Only
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I just finished reading this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope we are treated to a sequel. Steele updates our 1940s hero for today's age, with a new origin story, plausible new technology (a specialty of his) and a page-turning story that has sympathetic and interesting characters and love interest--a lady interplanetary cop. Part of our team is a one-of-a-kind intelligent cyborg, a classic robot who thinks for himself, and then there's the Brain, a former scientist who died. His brain lives on in a sort of flying rumba contraption. And he can talk to our hero by telepathy. Loved it! -Bud

If my glowing endorsement isn't sufficient, check out these two big name pros: "Allen Steele makes you young again in Avengers of the Moon. A Rollicking 'golden age' sci-fi good time." -David Brin, Hugo-award winning author of The Postman

"Ed Hamilton, Allen, and Captain Future. All favorites of mine and, I believe, of a lot more readers ready to discover what made Planet Stories a monthly treat. -Gregory Benford, Author of Timescape. Also praised by Mike Resnick (Hugo Winner), Paul Di Flilppo, and USA Today.

Author Allen Steele worked as a freelance journalist before becoming a prolific science fiction writer. He has garnered multiple Hugo Awards for his novellas and novelettes, and his novel Orbital Decay won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. In 2013, he received the Robert A. Heinlein Award in recognition of his fiction promoting space exploration.
Review by Bud / (Posted on 10/3/2018)

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