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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  177 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
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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3.5 Stars

Good book. Reminded me of the television series Lost in some ways. This one's about a social experiment involving humans on a planet seventy light years away. Good usage of survivalism, and also makes good use of the stuff of humanness like compassion, togetherness and creativity.

The entire book is nearly filled with mystery and adventure. There are lots of sexual overtones within the story though, just like as seen in Edmund Cooper's other book Kronk. Somehow, after reading two of his
V.W. Singer
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Avery is transported to another world. I first read this book as a teenager and I can recommend it.
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Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edmund Cooper (1926-1982) was an English author who wrote some adventure science fiction stories, such as this one published in 1964. It's the story of Richard Avery who finds himself somehow transported to a distant planet. He also finds he is not alone, but that there are three other humans marooned with him there. Together they have to learn how to survive and discover if there was any reason for what happened to them. And they also discover they have enemies who challenge their existence on ...more
Mark Hodder
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Two men and two women are transported by aliens to an island on another planet and are left there to survive as best they can. What we get from this scenario is a terrific novel in which the developing situation is matched by convincing character development, and where the reader comes to genuinely care about the protagonists. This isn’t a novel of PK Dick or AE van Vogt inventiveness—it more resembles the cozy style of John Wyndham—but, as with Wyndham’s work, it provides a very satisfying read ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story by Edmund Cooper!
And this one has a good ending too.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 50 year old novel dates to 1964. I picked this up because I remembered liking some of Edmund Cooper's books when I was young but probably hadn't read a story by him in at least 35 years. He died in 1982. I got a slight laugh because the main character introduced in the first sentence, Richard Avery, is the pen-name that Cooper used later on several novels in the mid 70's.

So, was this worth the read? It was, mostly for the positive message, although the writing gets a bit overwrought now an
Joe Santoro
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft_sf
Plot: Richard Avery is on auto-pilot after his one true love dies young of cancer. He gets whisked off by a mysterious someone, and plopped on a planet with three other people. We get, that start a 'Robinson Crusoe in space', but it turns out that there are 'golden ones' who have a similar colony of four on the same island, and they're not friendly.

Cooper is apparently one of those guys who spouted off about women being inferior during his time, but there's not too much sign of that here... whil
Kenneth Buff
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty solid quick read. The plot is that four London strangers have been taken from their homeland and dropped on a beautiful, yet dangerous, island on a different planet. The four Londoners must work together to survive, fending off native wild life and other alien bipeds that may or may not be in the same situation as them.

My only complaint with this one were a few dated scenes including the group ostracizing a man for having had an obsession with porn on Earth, and a few other dated social
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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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