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Buck Rogers - That Man on Beta [Paperback]

Addison E. Steele
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; paperback / softback edition (April 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722181175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722181171
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,489,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Join the greatest of all space warriors on the most incredible quest of his star-crossed career.... through the terrifying wilds of Anarchia, ruins of twenty-fifth century Earth, on an impassioned search for his own descendants! - to the desolate remains of the Great Salt Lake, where ancient secrets are held... nd the power mad Kane crouches in ambush! - to the asteroid Beta - where Theo, Buck's trusted compuvisor, is prisoner of the Draconians, who have hatched a scheme to conquer the Universe! - to the sin filled supercity of Villus, where man's every sensual wish is an android's command...and the voluptuous Princess Ardala has big plans for Buck! -to the rescue ship of Wilma Deering and a spectacular chase through star warp, on an escape mission like none Buck had ever seen...not, that is, until he became ...Buck Rogers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Buck Rogers' Lost Adventure" 31 Mar 2014
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I recently purchased the series on DVD and learning that this book was based on an unused script, I thought I'd pick it up.

My guess as to why Bob Shayne's script wasn't used is it was probably A: too expensive (many locations & sets including ruins of familiar buldings Planet of the Apes style) and a bit more adult than the series e.g. a running joke sees Dr Huer & Wilma mistakenly believe that Buck is having sex with Huer's robot secretary. Huer says such fetishes are not unknown & at one point suggests where Buck should go for sex.

This might have been intended as the 1st series story, following the pilot. Wilma likes and is attracted to Buck but believes his lack of discipline when flying makes him a liability and also the idea that Buck wants to track down his ancestors to feel more connected to the 25th century fits in with his initial decision not to become part of Earth defence.

He goes outside facing dangerous mutants (they were in the pilot but not the series) and Wilma plus Buck are captured by Killer Kane who plans to use Buck to pass on his antibodies and greater resistance to disease into the Draconian race by impregnating their women. There is a very disturbing idea here that they artificialy accelerate maturity making adult 5 year old women!

Generally the characters and their relationships are much as onscreen e.g. Dr Huer is a kindly father figure, Princess Ardala is more attracted to Buck than any man she's ever met but is still villainous. The notable differences are that Twiki is more R2D2 like, he doesn't speak but makes noises and Buck trades Dr Theopolis for information on tracing his ancestors which he would never have done in the series.
Also Killer Kane speaks in very 20th century language e.g.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Varied, fun, well paced and interesting 17 July 2010
A good Buck Rogers story, with plenty of action but also accidents (usually being knocked unconscious) that lead to various situations where he has to use his initiative and old style thinking to escape. In this volume, he flees the Inner City and heads into Anarchia, following various leads and visiting sights (Mount Rushmore, Salt Lake) as he tries to trace his descendants. He ends up on an asteroid in a distant solar system, where the draconians are engaging in some wild science to enable them to conquer another region in space. The relationships with Wilma Deering and Princess Amidala are developed well, and Kane and Huer are their usual selves. The end reveal about his descendants works well too. For those only familiar with the film or TV series, the characters are basically the same, although there are some differences in technology - notably that Twiki plays a very minor role. The technology is a laugh at times - the robot secretary uses a proper typewriter! Pacing is good, and Buck Rogers is never too much of a hero - it doesn't take much for him to get captured or knocked out, which keeps the realism more than in similar books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buck Rogers In the 25th Century Novelization 14 Sep 2013
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Quick, but fun read. It was great to rediscover my generation's incarnation of this legendary hero. Thinking it may be time for a new incarnation of Buck. Thinking Universal should go the animated route.
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