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All the Colors of Darkness

(Jan Darzek #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  13 reviews
He was their captive on the moon. Jan would have given anything to know whether those "faces" masked emotions of violence, contempt, murder - or worse - if this alien race had emotions at all!

His one chance at escape depended on knowing. And he had to escape - for if these creatures decided that the soul of earth were the wrong color, then they would destroy the world!
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1999 by Wildside Press (first published November 1963)
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the first SCI-FI novels I read at Uni
Tom Britz
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel harkens back to the early 1960's. The future that All The Colors of Darkness has to tell us is the year 1986, when a company called Universal Transmitting Company discovers instantaneous transportation from one locale to another. By walking into the transmitting machine a person will instantaneously be transmitted to a destination that has a receiving machine. Just as this company is about to transform the transportation industry, they are beset by sabotage and mysterious people that ...more
Steve Rainwater
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
First volume of the Jan Darzek series, set in the far flung future year of 1986.

My wife is a fan of this series, so I decided to give it a try. The first volume was published in 1963 and imagines a future 1986 in which a company has perfected a matter transmission system, allowing cheap, instant transportation to and from any point on Earth as easily as walking through a booth and exiting another booth at the destination. There's only one problem: someone doesn't want the company to succeed and
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoy books like this: mid-century sci-fi, light on the science, playful with the fiction. The story was nothing spectacular, apart from a fun section near the beginning, where a PI has to investigate a disappearance that occurred during the first week of business for Universal Trans - a company that has finally perfected teleportation for a mass consumer market. After that subplot winds down, things are pretty slow all the way to the end. But the whole thing is full of great details th ...more
Janice Clifford
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes, meet your match

I have been a fan of Lloyd Biggle for decades. Since he has been long dead and out of print, I have had to haunt used bookstores to find his books. Although I love this book, my favorite in the Jan Darzek series is Watchers of the Dark. I was thrilled to find them in Kindle books.
Deborah Replogle
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I probably first read this way back in high school, but enjoyed reading it again. A story of inscrutable aliens and clueless earth people. A bit dated in the minor details, but still a good read.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was astounding. It had little jokes that got a chuckle out of me, every character had some depth and the tale was intriguing. I highly recommend this title.
Joe Santoro
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft_sf
How is it that I've never ever heard of Jan Darzek before? He's right up there with Elijah Bailey in future gumshoes, (now that I know he exists).

You wouldn't think an almost noir (it's a little too bright and happy for noir, but the other elements are all there) detective novel and a classic speculative fiction piece would be the same book, but here it is.

It starts out with a look at how the would would change with Transporters.. moves into a detective novel, then finishes up with a fascinatin
Michael Hall
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
What began as a mystery surrounding sabotage of a newly created teleportation system soon becomes the tale of a private eye, Jan Darzek, who is thrust into a moral and ethical argument with a group of aliens. Survival soon becomes the question. Written ckduring the sixties this book predicts the world of the eighties. Biggle got a few things wrong but luckily he had the foresight to limit his vision of cultural change so we're able to still read this without it seeming too dated. The sudden appa ...more
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Written in 1963 about the not to distant future of 1985. Hindsight tells us Biggle got a few things wrong but the feel is still good because he kept the world reasonably consistent with the sixties. The main thrust is the mystery with Jan Darzek, Private Eye, and man of strong convictions. He uses his brain and like Sherlock Holmes is willing to believe "When you've eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." After all Universal Transmitting Company ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
bello, bello. consigliato
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, scifi
1977 grade B+
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Ace double novels F1986 and C1963
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Biggle was born in 1923 in Waterloo, Iowa. He served in World War II as a communications sergeant in a rifle company of the 102nd Infantry Division; during the war, he was wounded twice. His second wound, a shrapnel wound in his leg received near the Elbe River at the end of the war, left him disabled for life.

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