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He was the subject of an experiment seventy light years away from Earth.

It lay in the grass, tiny and white and burning. He stooped, put out his fingers. And then, in an instant, there was nothing. Nothing but darness andoblivion. A split second demolition of the world of Richard Avery.

From a damp February afternoon in Kensington Gardens, Avery is precipitated into a world
ebook, 220 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Gateway (first published 1964)
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V.W. Singer
Edmund Cooper was one of my favourite authors in my younger days when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and he still is today. To me he embodied the kind of science fiction that got me interested in the genre in the first place. His books are always about the people, not the just the technology. And not just in the personal sense as in "I wonder if I can patch that micro-meteorite hole in my space ship with this condom" but in "I say chaps, this doesn't look like London anymore. In fact it doesn't eve ...more
Michael Ward
Richard Avery is transported to another world. I first read this book as a teenager and I can recommend it.
Sonya Simpson
Aug 27, 2014 Sonya Simpson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sonya by: Bought it because I read All fools day, bought that one because the cover art was cool
I couldn't put this book down, the way he writes seems so real and effortless and makes me want to buy the rest of his books off amazon, So happy to have been introduced to Edmund Cooper :}}}
Robert Hepple
First published in 1964, my 1974 Coronet edition features a brilliant Chris Foss cover typical of SF published in the 1970s.The story concerns a small group of people living in 1960s Kensington abducted by aliens and placed on another world for a sort of social experiment. It works reasonably well, except that the characters are all 1960s straight-laced Brits of the sort who only ever existed in novels, and consequently this ages the novel badly. Nevertheless, a good read for SF enthusiasts.
Frank Cavanaugh
12/6/2013 (7 of 10) Although written in 1964, it still works. Four people are abducted and transported off world for a social experiment. Relationships develop, lessons are learned, competition with another group of abductees ensues. The aliens reveal their purpose and a new life course is chosen. This could have been the start of a series. An easy and pleasant read that is the type of science fiction that engenders long term Interest in the genre from young readers.
1981 grade A. 2013 grade A. A very simple classic scifi survival story that excels in characterizations and content. Minor amounts of easy speed reading in some long introspective paragraphs keep it up to date. Thought provoking like Star Trek stories as opposed to action like Star Wars but still very interesting. I recommend it.
Francis Franklin
As a teenager in the '80s I loved all Edmund Cooper's books, and this one I read at least twice. I haven't read them since though.
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Edmund Cooper was born in Marple, near Stockport in Cheshire on April 30, 1926. He served in the Merchant Navy towards the end of the Second World War. After World War II, he trained as a teacher and began to publish short stories. His first novel, Deadly Image Deadly Image by Edmund Cooper (later republished as The Uncertain Midnight) was completed in 1957 and published in 1958. A 1956 short story, B
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