This Island Earth

This Island Earth In and a science fiction serial by Raymond F Jones appeared in Thrilling Wonder Stories Within half a decade that serial would make history as the basis of the first science fiction movie ab

  • Title: This Island Earth
  • Author: Raymond F. Jones
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1949 and 1950 a science fiction serial by Raymond F Jones appeared in Thrilling Wonder Stories Within half a decade that serial would make history as the basis of the first science fiction movie about interstellar travel and interstellar war The next Hollywood movie to venture to another solar system was Forbidden Planet, a wholly original construct of the prestige sIn 1949 and 1950 a science fiction serial by Raymond F Jones appeared in Thrilling Wonder Stories Within half a decade that serial would make history as the basis of the first science fiction movie about interstellar travel and interstellar war The next Hollywood movie to venture to another solar system was Forbidden Planet, a wholly original construct of the prestige studio MGM But solid, reliable Universal Studios was there firstlong before Star Trek.This Island Earth was really the first Star Wars Colorful, spectacular, wildly imaginative, it lived up to everything its agent could possibly want, a man who was known as Mr Science Fiction and who now brings back this classic novel Forrest J Ackerman A phrase he coined in another galaxy a long time ago say s it all Gosh Wow This story has it all.The cover of this special edition features Jeff Morrow in the role of one of the most sympathetic aliens in 1950 s science fiction film the other is Michael Rennie in The Day the Earth Stood Still, also adapted from a literary source In the novel he is Jorgasnovara, in the movie the less jaw Breaking Exeter In both print and celluloid he comes to respect the Earth scientists essayed by Rex Reason and Faith Domergue.This Island Earth is a book of heroes The first half of the film closely follows the novel but then diverges from the intellectual challenges faced by Dr Cal Meachem to cinematic fare Reading the novel now, one cannot help but marvel at how Jones views everything from labor disputes to the predictability of computers influenced later movies and television, making This Island Earth, the novel, even influential than one would guess from ThisIsland Earth the movie.Pulpless.Com is proud to bring back the printed word in hope that all who see the movie will want to read the book, and vice versa Turn on your interocitors and prepare to receive transmission

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    1. Pretty good 50's sci-fi. An engineer gets involved with a company that seems to have some extraordinarily advanced equipment but whats their secret? It occasionally approaches greatness with analogies of how small nations get used in the wars of great nations. The author also seems to have a major issue with unions. It does feel a little serial at times, there's some late developments which i'm sure weren't planned from the start.The writing is bit simple, it also tries to keep up the mystery el [...]

    2. This is the reprint of the book that was used to make the film of the same name and i must admit I really enjoyed it - there is something about the sheer thrill of the adventure when all the modern trappings of a story are suspended and instead swapped for the what can only really be described as pulp adventure - where science, society and even human nature are suspended and instead you just go for out and out adventure. The book is surprisingly faithful to the film (ok I know its the other way [...]

    3. Collected from a serialized work, this is good but not great.First, an engineer gets tech that is unbelievably good. Very well done, the story fits the engineer mindset. Later, he encounters mysteries in the business. This part was a bit slow. We also encounter the female lead, a combination of smart and ignored. I wanted to see her psychology degree more in the story. Towards the end, an anti-union bit that barely fits in, and finally a rushed finish to the tale.I remember the first part of the [...]

    4. Interesting, but the end felt more like the author just stopped writing than anything else, leaving me rather disappointed.

    5. Jones' 1952 novel is the basis for the 1955 movie of the same name. As is often the case, the movie bears little resemblance to the book. (But for the record, that's not always a bad thing.)Jones' narrative is more slowly paced than the movie's is. Two-thirds of the way through, he takes a major swipe against union labor, which his characters say allows incompetent workers to hang onto their jobs just because they're union members, even if they can't do the work they're assigned. (Jones' viewpoi [...]

    6. Outstanding! I loved this book. My only regret is that I waited so long to read it. I always assumed the movie and the book were close to the same thing but once you get past the interocitor bit early on, the story goes off in a totally different direction. Thinking about it, I'm not sure Hollywood could have done the book justice to pursue carrying out the story as written. Instead, they took the early interesting parts and then greatly simplified the story. I am usually against remaking films [...]

    7. Not exactly like the classic motion picture, which was a pleasant surprise, and a slight disappointment.The film itself, of its time, is thoroughly enjoyable, in which scientists are enticed, coerced into aiding aliens in a war to save their planet from destruction.The book has most of the film in its covers and much more, it expands the story of the alien war that is a galaxy spanning conflict and of course was totally un-filmable @ that time. The characters have a bit more depth than the scree [...]

    8. I cannot believe that 60 years after first seeing the movie, I finally stumbled on the book. Magical, that 1950's science fiction.A couple of years ago I actually stumbled on the movie, and watched it again, too. Good movie, for the times. I'm too old and jaded now to see it as I did all those years ago, though; it was magical then, and just quaint now.But the book--that has staying power. From an almost trivial opening to the sweep of an intergalactic war, fitted out with poignant musings of th [...]

    9. This is one of those rare cases in which the movie is better than the book. I've always loved the famous b-movie that this book gave birth to. Frankly, I had no idea there was a book so when I found it, I picked it up and gave it a spin. I liked some of the ideas and, frankly, some things were far more realistic in the book. The backstory was obviously richer and the characters better drawn. But that said, it couldn't compete with the very-different movie. Perhaps it's not the fault of the autho [...]

    10. Wow, aside from the opening section and a couple of scenes this is almost nothing like the classic film (YMMV!) I grew up with. The story in the original novel actually turns out to be much more interesting and complex, though of course it always extremely obvious in which era it was written. Not only am I glad I read this, I'm now disappointed that a more faithful version of the story wasn't filmed, though I did keep waiting for Exeter to turn up! Still, on the plus side many more Interocitors! [...]

    11. A decent Golden Age of science fiction novel, stitched together from three shorter pieces. The fist third is clever and suspenseful, the rest is ho-hum space opera.

    12. By far one of my favorite science fiction novels of all time. The ideas it posits regarding alien life are thought provoking, even if the ideas about humanity can be somewhat cynical. An improvement upon the film, an underrated classic, and one that should be studied in any university course curriculum.

    13. Much more explanatory of the title.The movie was great, but it relied on special effects. The book was almost totally different, but even better. You never knew the reason for the title "This Island Earth", but the book explains it! In the movie, the Earth was never in danger. But it sure was here. Cal and Ruth save the entire Earth!

    14. Really enjoyed reading the book. The fact that this book predates Starwars and Startrek really fascinates me. The language is simple and yet elegant. Characters are described in details. Enjoyed the chemistry between Cal and Ruth. Overall a positive reading experience.!!!

    15. Quando la posta recapita un nuovo, splendido catalogo di componenti elettronici, insieme a una scatola di campioni, a Cal Meacham, abilissimo tecnico di un laboratorio di ricerca, è difficile resistere alla tentazione di ordinare strumenti dei quali nessuno, fino a quel momento, aveva sentito parlare. Macchine sconosciute, come un interocitore, valvole che non esistono neppure nei più avanzati laboratori di ricerca governativi che cosa significa questa apparizione di una tecnologia aliena in u [...]

    16. In 1952, filming Raymond F Jones' epic "This Island Earth," as published, would have been impossible. The finished movie would have run several hours and required SFX technologies decades ahead of what was then available. So the studio took the first half and distilled it down in a manner similar to James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific." That said, "This Island Earth" deserves much wider distribution. Jones has written a pulp classic that demands either a sequel or a 21st Century reboot. [...]

    17. Here's a rarity. A Movie I liked better than the book. Tediously written and filled with dull characters, I had to drag my eyes through this. After reading it, I have to watch the movie to try and erase this from my brain.

    18. This Island EarthSomeone once said that no man is an island and that is true of Earth as well. I've never seen this storyline before but it forms the basis of a great movie classic. I'm glad I read this book and hope others find it of interest.

    19. This was the basis for my favorite sf film when I was a kid; the film is fairly faithful to the first part of the book. It wasn't any kind of a great literary classic, but it sure was great fun.

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