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The Great White Space

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Frederick Plowright, a well-known scientific photographer, is recruited by Professor Clark Ashton Scarsdale to accompany his research team in search of “The Great White Space,” described in ancient and arcane texts as a portal leading to the extremities of the universe. Plowright, Scarsdale, and the rest of their crew embark on the Great Northern Expedition, traversing a ...more
Published June 1975 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1975)
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mark monday
Copper does Lovecraft, but real classy like. this retread of At the Mountains of Madness does a fairly good job but I prefer intense, excitable Lovecraft to dry, classy Copper.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Rather turgid beginning, but once the expedition begins, this was a quick and fun read. Some really good Lovecraftian tropes, though sometimes it is a little too trite...Clark Ashton Scarsdale? Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much though. I have had it sitting on my shelves for years and never felt much of a desire to read it until recently, wish I had discovered it sooner. I am looking forward to reading August Derleth's Solar Pons books and the continuations by Basil Cooper.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Largely a good old-school cosmic horror tale, as long as one allows for a novel that is better thought of as in the style of Jules Verne but wearing a eldritch mask. The novel's genetic code is about 70% Kooky Things that Occur when White Euros Romp through Foreign Lands with only about 30% left for Egads, There's an Elder Thing Looking at Me. Depending on why you pick up this novel - meaning whether or not you have been told this is primarily a horror novel - you will be variously thrilled or ...more
Alex Sarll
An inexplicable yet oddly instructive Lovecraft pastiche. If HPL was Jesus (which, for all his undoubted sins, obviously he wasn't) then August Derleth was St Paul - the man who preserves and spreads the legacy at the same time as corrupting it. Which I suppose would make Basil Copper into Linus - the next generation nonentity, the point at which anything novel has been lost and the whole business has become rote ritual. This book is dedicated to Lovecraft and Derleth in tandem as "Openers of ...more
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this book since I first read it in the 1980's. It's atmospheric, creepy, has wonderfully imagined locations. The Great White Space is in the same Mould as Journey to The Centre of The Earth but more of an adult version. I am a sucker for a good trek tale and this is no exception. Journey across deserts and up into mysterious mountains where a cave leads to some big surprises . . .
Adrian Kleinbergen
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book so much, I wrote a sequel to it.
Jason Bradley Thompson
As a Cthulhu Mythos pastiche, this book rates 3 stars for creativity and as a 1970s curio piece; as anything else it rates 1 star for its thin narrative that might have worked better as a short story.

Five British scientists set off on an expedition to a mysterious site somewhere near Tibet, where a gigantic cave complex conceals a legendary portal to another world (I think? it's really vague), "The Great White Space." A promising adventure-story intro (the expeditioneers' equipment list includes
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Basil Copper is one of many writers who have turned their talents to popularizing and expanding HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. I've read Copper's work before in various short story anthologies-I never really cared for him but now I realize short stories may have not have been his forte. The Great White Space gives Copper a little more room to work in, as novels often do, and the result is fantastic. The Great White Space obviously owes a really large literary debt to Lovecraft's own At the ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Pulp adventure/horror that probably owes as much stylistically and thematically to Derleth as to Lovecraft. The action at the climax is nonsensical if you think about it too much but adequate if you don't. And the prose reads better than average HPL fanfic. But the characters are not well-developed, the plot is thoroughly ordinary for the genre, and a few early pages of the story pastiche Derleth/Lovecraft's Tcho-Tcho people via a trifecta of racist/Orientalist, sexist, and ableist imagery. I ...more
Greg Gbur
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
H.P. Lovecraft not only introduced a fundamentally new genre of horror — “cosmic horror” — but inspired generations of writers who have built on his ideas and taken them in interesting new directions.

Valancourt Books recently released a new edition of The Great White Space (1974) by Basil Copper. I snapped it up right away and devoured it (metaphorically, of course) over the course of a day.

Basil Copper (1924-April 2013) was an incredibly prolific author who wrote novels and short stories in
Aug 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
very well written and spooky. however, i give it only three stars because of the goofy ending, which seemed rushed, like the author just got tired of writing and had to blow off coming up with an interesting ending or had a deadline or just plain fucked it up.

could have been a classic. oh well
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable Lovecraftian horror story, I really enjoyed the entire story! The atmosphere and style of writing just pulled me along. But I am a big fan of Basil Copper when it comes to light reading!
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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A very good horror novel in the Lovecraftian vein.
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Basil Copper was an English writer and former journalist and newspaper editor. He has written over 50 books and scripts. In addition to fantasy and horror, Copper is known for his series of Solar Pons stories continuing the character created by August Derleth.

Copper edited a 1982 two-volume omnibus collection of Derleth's stories of the 'Pontine' canon, published by Arkham House, a publishing firm
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