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Quatermass Hardcover – 1 Sep 1979

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First edition (Sept. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091398800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091398804
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,207,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Famed film/TV author wrote only one novel. This is it. The final adventure of his hero Professor Quatermass. Set in the near future (around 1990, judging from internal evidence) the youth of the world are being harvested by a god-like alien species. Only the old are immune from the evil influence that draws them to their doom, and they must band together to save humanity.
This is a tremendously imaginative book, and a lot of Kneale's ideas about future trends (the Planet People look eerily like New Age Travellers) were scarily close to the mark. Thankfully there is also a great deal of humour and warmth in this story, and anyone who likes a good, moving story will enjoy it. Even if you never saw the original series on TV, you will find this worth your time.
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Nigel Kneale's own novelisation of his fourth and final Quatermass serial. I watched the TV serial first before reading this book, and they are fairly faithful to each other. Kneale is an effective writer - ultimately its his *ideas* that really make him special. In this, he has vision of a dystopian future Britain overrun by idiotic New Age 'truther' lunatics, laced with paramiltiary violence and banal tawdry sleaze. I was struggling to place what it reminded me off, then it struck me: being on hold to Virgin Media's call centre.
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Nigel Kneale, dark legend of tv screenwriters (The Quatermass Saga, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Year of the Sex Olympics, The Stone Tape), was also an excellent novelist.

Here the conclusion of the saga of Prof. Bernard Quatermass - older, disillusioned and seeking his orphaned granddaughter - finds the space-genius on his last and greatest case against 'God-like' aliens 'rapturing' (read 'harvesting') the human species, with a planet enclosing 'quantum skein', for some protein-trace as some minor stimulant - just as humans kill buck deer for their musk...

Having loved the mini-series starring Sir John Mills and Simon MacCorkindale, I was eager to read the novelization and was not disappointed.
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Watching "Quatermass" when first transmitted was one of my earliest TV memories so I was delighted to find the novelization. Even now, the ending still brought a tear to my eye. Easily my favourite "Quatermass" adventure.
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