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Phoenix of Megaron

(Space: 1999 #10)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews

A lush, green planet beckons from Main Mission Control's star-scanning screen....and to the homeless Alphans, it looks like Earth. But descent reveals a wasteland of towering, silent cities, mute testimony to an atomic holocaust!

Two pockets of civilization survive: the drug-controlled inhabitants of Caster, and the freedom-loving people of Hyria. Soon the
Mass Market Paperback, 159 pages
Published November 1st 1976 by Pocket (first published 1976)
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Kerry Nietz
Like “Android Planet” before it, “Phoenix of Megaron” is another re-release of a John Rankine novel that was originally published in the 70s. The pedigree of this novel is unique however, in that it wasn’t originally written as a Space 1999 story. Seems the author was under a time constraint to publish two such novels, and his only option was to retrofit a previously completed manuscript to use the Space 1999 characters.

Having such a history, one would expect this story to feel a little
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Moon Alpha Base may have finally found a new homw on Megaron but they receive no answer to their distress message. Commander John Koenig takes an Eagle along with Doctor Helena Russell, Professor Victor Bergman and Captain Alan Carter to scout and make contact. What they find are two groups of people trying to survive after an atomic holocaust. Alan finds love after meeting Rhoda.

This one is the best of the series that I have read so far with a great ending. The action is fast paced and the
Rich Meyer
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This one's a good original Space 1999 novel, which some interesting characterizations. Rankine knows these characters and took some chances with the reader's feelings with the way he structured the story. The novel would make a good starting point for a new series or a TV movie...
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John Rankine (born Douglas Rankine Mason) is a British science fiction author, who has written books both as John Rankine and as Douglas R. Mason.

Rankine was born in Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales and first attended Chester Grammar School and in 1937 went to study English Literature and Experimental Psychology at the University of Manchester, where he was a friend of Anthony Burgess (as mentioned in

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