Saturday, September 13, 2014

Treasure on Thunder Moon by Edmond Hamilton


This edition of Treasure on Thunder Moon by Edmond Hamilton is published by Armchair Fiction in Medford, Oregon as part of their double-novel series. Hamilton was one of the greats from pulp’s golden age, although these days he doesn’t appear to be as popular as others from the same era. I know that Haffner Press has also reprinted numerous stories by Hamilton. He certainly deserves as much attention as any writer from that era and I’ve always enjoyed his stories. Treasure on Thunder Moon is pure old-fashioned space opera, a sub-category of science fiction that you’ll never see today in the pages of Analog or The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Hamilton’s space opera tales are never boring. I would argue that Treasure on Thunder Moon is just as relevant today as when it was published in 1942 because Hamilton tackles a subject that still resonates. Some of the best science fiction stories aren’t simply adventure tales, although that’s the framework the writers hung their stories on. John North is an aging space pioneer who can’t find a job because “the Company” considers him too old. North and his group of aging space veterans all yearn for another outer-space adventure, but instead they are forced to sit around and reminisce about the old days. Aline Laurel offer North and his pals a chance to hunt for levium, the rarest of minerals, on Oregon, a moon of Uranus known as “Thunder Moon.” Hamilton’s story is quick, exciting and well-written. The characters are believable. North and his veteran space pals prove themselves more than capable, and I found myself rapidly turning the pages to find out what happens next. This old story, like the its characters, still has a lot of life and shouldn’t be ignored. Treasure on Thunder Moon is my pick this month for high-octane adventure. The second novel featured is Trail of the Astrogar by Henry Hasse which is also a good, rollicking tale. Astrogar was a freighter that disappeared and the captain’s daughter sets out to solve the mystery which involves a menace from deep space. The suspense is pretty good in this one. Taken together, the edition is worth the $12.95 price tag. Armchair Fiction’s titles are often discounted on Amazon. I’m enjoying them and I’ll be reviewing additional titles.

2 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of Edmond Hamilton's stories too. About a year ago I found some old paperback reprints of his Captain Future novels, which are a blast.

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  2. Thanks Kurt, those Captain Future books are great fun! I may have to pull them out and re-read them, thanks!

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