Back in the 1950s, the Boardman Science Fiction series attempted to introduce quality science fiction into Britain in both hardcover and paperback. Why did it fail?
That’s the question posed – and answered – by author and SF expert Philip Harbottle in his latest 1950s British Science Fiction videocast, revealing how the amazing work of authors such as E.E. “Doc” Smith and Isaac Asimov was victim to bad publishing decisions that had nothing to do with the quality of their work. It’s a great item, as ever, not only touching on 1950s censorship but as usual, offering sight of some incredibly rare books.
Philip Harbottle is a life-long science fiction fan, regarded as a world authority on the works of John Russell Fearn, whose credits encompass writing “Garth” for the Daily Mirror, and the “Golden Amazon” for Spaceship Away (adapting Fearn’s stories). He’s also very kindly contributed a number of synopses of early “Garth” stories to downthetubes, which we are adding as time permits.
Back in the 1950s, he adapted some of the Radio Luxembourg Dan Dare radio shows into comics at a young age – the only record of some of these tales known to exist, since very few recordings survive.