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#SciFiMonth: The 70s Revisited

Today, for #SciFiMonth, I want to talk about some of my favourite SciFi books from years gone by. In fact, two series by an author you may have heard of, but probably have never read.

Brian M. Stableford — The British-born Stableford has written well over 50+ novels, but I want to highlight two of his earlier series from 70s that, for me at least, epitomised the kind of science fiction being written back in the seventies.

The HOODED SWAN series:

“After years of surviving in his wrecked ship on an unnamed, desolate world, Grainger is charged for the cost of his rescue and finds himself unable to pay. Salvation comes when he is indentured as pilot of the revolutionary starship Hooded Swan and thrust into a series of gripping adventures in the service of New Alexandria. With only his wits and the not entirely reliable help of an alien mind parasite to call upon, in each novel Grainger and the Hooded Swan are pitted against a new puzzle or menace. And all the time he is paying off his fine, bit by bit, until he can call himself a free man again.”

  • Halcyon Drift (1972)
  • Rhapsody in Back (1973)
  • Promised Land (1974)
  • The Paradise Game (1974)
  • The Fenris Drive (1974)
  • Swan Song (1975)

The DAEDALUS MISSION, in which a research ship is sent out to find out what’s happened to a number of colony ships and their passengers—sent out between 100 to 200 years earlier—sets up a series of adventures for the mostly scientific crew of seven, on these newly developed worlds. And all is not as it should be as the crew of the Daedalus find out.

  • The Florians (1976)
  • Critical Threshold (1977)
  • Wildeblood’s Empire (1977)
  • The City of the Sun (1978)
  • Balance of Power (1979)
  • The Paradox of the Sets (1979)

What can I say, these read like serialised action adventures, with the erstwhile reluctant hero of the Hooded Swan series—Grainger—being aided and abetted by an alien parasite that lived deep inside his brain. While, Alex (yes, my namesake) heads up the scientists investigating what has happened to the six colonies.

Of course, looking back at both series, the cover art was true to form for the 70s, colourful. Though the Hooded Swan series at least kept to a theme of a spaceship, while the Daedalus series covers did—for the most part—at least, reflect the story.

10 comments on “#SciFiMonth: The 70s Revisited

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    These covers are awesome, I’m a big fan of old 70s and 80s sci fi covers😁

    • Alex

      They’re great aren’t they, Tammy? And at least the first series were all the same starship as well. The second series was kind of those mind-boggling covers that were really colourful, eh, to be polite! 😀

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    What lovely covers!

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    I love the covers! And these sound like great fun. 😁

    • Alex

      The covers are definitely eye catching, aren’t they? As for the reads? As far as I remember, they were an enjoyable romp.

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    Great spotlight! Love the covers too!

    • Alex

      Just trying to share something a little different, given it is SciFi Month. And so many great posts out there at the moment.

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    I love seeing vintage book covers! Covers for genre fiction (especially SFF and horror) definitely had their own identities back in the 70s 🙂

    • Alex

      They were both weird and wonderful and yet, at the same time, works of art. Definitely so different to what we see these days.

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