John Baxter

John Baxter was born in Ranwick, New South Wales in 1939. He started out in science fiction in the 1960s writing for British magazines such as New Worlds and Science Fantasy. He has published 5 novels: The Black Yacht, Scorched, Bidding, The Hermes Fall and The Off-Worlders. He has also edited 2 collections: The Pacific Book of Australian Science Fiction and The Second Pacific Book of Australian Science Fiction.

The Off-Worlders

"Far out in interstellar space, beyond the allowed Limit, lay the enigmatic planet of Merryland. It was a backward world, one which had been colonized from Earth centuries before but had fallen back into a farming and fishing society after a great war. Now it was decadent, static, the fruits of that science which had nearly destroyed the planet forbidden and those who searched to recover science's ancient secrets hunted down and killed. Yet among those who followed the trail of lost knowledge were a number of men who were not from Merryland - men who had come from off-world, even from Earth itself. What were they seeking on this quiet, rustic planet? Whatever it was, they had already killed men to find it - and if they ever did get it, they would hold the fate of billions in their hands."

Original Publication: Ace, August 1966
This Edition: Ace, August 1966
Cover Art: Kelly Freas
Format: Paperback


Ace Double #G-588 with The Star Magicians by Lin Carter


The Hermes Fall

"Monday is Doomsday - Reports from the orbiting observatory show that on Monday, August 25, 1980, the asteroid Hermes will strike the United States with an impact more deadly than that of any bomb ever conceived. The Hermes disaster is a menace to every living being on Earth. Some hope it is a hoax or a mistake - some try to ignore it - some work desperately to avert it - and some secretly welcome it...The Hermes Fall is a breathtaking adventure and chillingly close to truth...For Hermes is a real and even now moving through the depths of space toward Earth."

Original Publication: Simon & Schuster, 1978
This Edition: Ballantine, June 1979
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback



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