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  • Simon Black in Space – Ivan Southall.

    Simon Black in Space – Ivan Southall.

    An early sought after Space Classic published in 1953 an year after the first.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney and London. Octavo, 223 pages, some line drawn illustration, very clean internally albeit light toning, super dust jacket, making the book gift worthy.

    The author was a distinguished pilot in the R.A.A.F in WWII awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C). After the war he was co-opted to write about the R.A.A.F in Europe. He still had time to write about the adventures of Simon Black.

    Black in the special aircraft “Firefly 3”, the only aircraft in the World capable of pursuing the flying saucers into space. Accompanied by Rex the Alsatian (it’s a dog’s life).

    Collectable Early Space Adventure penned by Australian Hero.


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  • Peril on Mars – Patrick Moore

    Peril on Mars – Patrick Moore

    Published by Burke, London a second edition 1961. Octavo, 158 pages. Missing its front free endpaper and with a gift inscription on the title. Dust jacket a little tatty at the top but really quite scarce and a sought after book.

    Patrick Moore, Astronomical Hero had the longest ever running television series “The Sky at Night” – he saw it all – In the late 1950’s he turned his hand to science fiction writing and here we are on his favourite planet Mars.

    Continues the story of Maurice Gray and Bruce Talbot told in “The Voices of Mars” … ten years later the Mars colony has grown from their earlier journey to rescue Dr York. Now on the lonely Mars satellite, Deimos, they receive an unexpected visitor and a desperate SOS from the Lowell Dome … it all gets very interesting and Martian!

    Patrick Moore Rarity


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  • Quality Scientific Model of a Hydra

    Quality Scientific Model of a Hydra

    A very good example of a hand painted biological model from the 1960’s. Now collectable and 1906 “scientifically decorative”.

    The Hydra is a small fresh water animal with remarkable properties. These predatory little creatures possess radial symmetry and can be found in many un-polluted fresh water ponds. Multi-cellular and only a few millimetres long they lend themselves to microscopic study. They have an incredible regenerative capacity which makes them extremely interesting … they do not appear to age or die of old age.

    The tubular body is secured by a sticky foot called the basal disc. At the other end a mouth opening is surrounded by a number of tentacles each of which is clothed in stinging cells (oouch!). The nasty bits explosively discharge a dart of neurotoxins into the prey sometimes in their hundreds (double ooouch!). They reproduce by growing “buds” on the body wall which become miniature Hydra that break away (convenient). They also have another more complex manner of reproduction when times get tough for food. All of this and more makes the Hydra a very interesting little beauty to study.

    Hard to get quality model of the common but very mysterious everlasting Hydra


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  • Night of the Big Heat  – John Lymington – First Edition 1960

    Night of the Big Heat – John Lymington – First Edition 1960

    Published by Dutton, New York in 1960.

    Missing its front end paper and tape marks to the boards but this is a first edition of this great Sci-Fi classic. The dust jacket is very good indeed no chips or creases.

    Tension, drama and seriously scary …. this is THE NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT!

    Read it with the heating turned up full … but with a cool beer


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  • The Pallid Giant – Pierrepont B. Noyes – 1927 Science Fiction

    The Pallid Giant – Pierrepont B. Noyes – 1927 Science Fiction

    A second edition of the highly sought sfter science fiction classic from the 1920’s.

    Advanced civilisations destroy themselves, two survivors mate with sub-humans to produce modern man

    1927 – early science fiction … stunning dust jacket


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  • Ark of Venus – Clyde Clason – 1955

    Ark of Venus – Clyde Clason – 1955

    A first edition 1955 a bit marked in the endpapers and with the interesting institutional stamp mentioned below. A special Sc-Fi book sometimes referred to as for younger people but we think for the young at heart. Dust jacket to die for.

    A really fun Sci-Fi from 1955 … let’s colonise Venus because the Moon and Mars did not come up to scratch. The Library stamps are an honour in this case as the history of the now truly gone “Sydney Futurian Society” after the sad passing of Graham Stone, a Sci-Fi Guru and much more in 2014.

    Special Sci-Fi and rare in any condition


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