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Breakaway (Space: 1999 #1)

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Moonbase Alpha is Earth's supreme achievement. Self-sufficient and fully computerized, the fantastic lunar colony is Earth's global watchdog, silently guarding against sneak alien attack. The dark side of the moon -- once so mysterious, so unattainable -- now stores in its womb containers of smoldering radioactive waste, refuse from Earth.

Then, in the year of
Paperback, 141 pages
Published 1975 by Pocket
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Rich Meyer
This book is a rough adaptation of the first four episodes of the classic science fiction TV series Space: 1999. While it is very well written, it doesn't really do any of the four episodes much justice, given the relatively short length of the book; the episode "Black Sun" barely gets two chapters. The book does do the TV series one better and explain the disappearance of a visitor from Earth who showed up in the first episode and was never seen again.

This is your standard TV adaptation. The T
Jan 06, 2012 Craig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
SPACE: 1999 was a bizarre tv series about a band of castaways at Moonbase Alpha, careening about the universe on the moon, which has broken loose and whizzes about like a pinball. It didn't make any sense whatsoever scientifically, but if you just kind of sat back and went with it, it could be fun to watch. Unfortunately here, Tubb tried to make some rational explanations for some of what was going on, instead of just adapting the scripts, so we're left with something of a disjointed hodge-podge ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to find this in a used bookstore recently. Based off of fond after-school-television memories of the Space: 1999 show, I bought the book and read it. We basically have the first few shows novelized and loosely adapted to fit into a single cohesive book. I have seen this same routine used in some other television series adaptations before and it seems to work sometimes and not work others. For this one, I enjoyed reading it but some of the changes seemed a little too far off from ...more
(The following information is not a spoiler in the fullest sense, just a preface to the entire series) Mankind, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to store all of it's atomic waste...where?? On the moon. Bad idea. Of course that mess blows up one day in 1999 (must be a typo; read "2099"), sending Earth's lunar satellite (along with all 311 personnel of Moonbase Alpha) out of its orbit and careening out of the Solar System. Sort of like "Lost In Space", just on the moon instead of in a spaceship ...more
Mike McDevitt
The moon is careening so fast that our heroes can't evacuate back to Earth, and so fast that they depart the solar system within weeks, yet also slowly enough that they are not splattered by G forces and slowly enough to have adventures with three staggeringly convenient rogue planets (Meta, Terra Nova, & Triton) before dropping down a black hole with no ill effects thanks to a physics-cancelling shield invented on a whim mere hours earlier. Is the entire universe taking crazy pills? Still, ...more
If you liked the tv show, you may or may not like these books. I personally find EC Tubbs irritating, due to his tendency to a sort of composite Nietchzean(sp?) existentialism.

Still, the books are the only link I still have to the tv show, which not only starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, but also that guy who plays Professor Bergman (What was his name? Barry something, I think...Morse, perhaps?

Reading the books helps me re-evoke the tv series--so I put up with the author's irritating narra
Ross Armstrong
Adaptation of the first episdode of the TV series Space: 1999. Commander John Koenig takes over Moonbase Alpha to get a deep space probe back on track and discovers that the nuclear waste dump on the far side of the moon is about to reach critical mass. Can the moon with the hapless crew of the Moonbase survive being blasted out of Earth orbit?
Jul 17, 2015 Tymothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a longtime fan of the TV series, I was excited to find this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this novelization and really liked the extra bits not shown on the show.
Mar 28, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the same impact as when I read it in junior high. I still love the series.
Andrew Beet
i liked that it was the first five scripts of the series and they had scenes that were not in the aired versions but overall i liked it.
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Edwin Charles Tubb (15 October 1919 – 10 September 2010) was a British writer of science fiction, fantasy and western novels. The author of over 140 novels and 230 short stories and novellas, Tubb is best known for The Dumarest Saga (US collective title: Dumarest of Terra) an epic science-fiction saga set in the far future

Much of Tubb's work has been written under pseudonyms including Gregory Kern
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Other Books in the Series

Space: 1999 (1 - 10 of 27 books)
  • Moon Odyssey
  • The Space Guardians (Space: 1999 Season 1 Vol. 3)
  • Collision Course (Space: 1999 Season 1 Vol. 4)
  • Lunar Attack (Space 1999, #5)
  • Astral Quest
  • Alien Seed (Space 1999, volume 7)
  • Android Planet
  • Rogue Planet (Space: 1999 Season 1 Vol. 9)
  • Phoenix of Megaron (Space: 1999 Series)
  • Earthfall

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