The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
Novelisations: UK
Compiled by Martin Willey

Orbit (Futura Publications Ltd)

(10 paperback paperback titles based on Yr 1; 10 x 17.5 cm;

Covers feature series logo (except "Earthfall"), in various colours, over box of photographs (except "Breakaway" & "Earthfall", which have full cover photos);

Back covers feature series logo and description ("Breakaway" has no logo, but has 3 photos).

Two of the novels were reviewed by the Irish Times (Thursday January 6 1977)

Both Android planet by John Rankine and Alien Seed of EC Tubb in the Space 1999 series (Arthur Barker, 3.65 each) may lack the exuberance of Poul Anderson's novella, but they also lack much of the embarrassing juvenility of the television series from which they are drawn. Rankine's is undoubtedly the better written of the two, and their uncomplicated narration makes them an ideal introduction to S.F. for teenagers.
Number Title Cover
"Breakaway" by E.C. Tubb Full cover, Eagle over NDA 2 Breakaway
"Moon Odyssey" by John Rankine Eagle over NDA 2, Helena, astronaut & sleeping Kaldorian; pink background Moon Odyssey
3 "The Space Guardians" by Brian Ball Eagle over NDA 2, astronaut aims gun, Victor; blue background Space Guardians
4 "Collision Course" by E.C. Tubb Eagle over NDA 2, astronauts in foam, Male Alien; yellow background Collision Course
5 "Lunar Attack" by John Rankine Eagle approaches Satazius; orange background Lunar Attack
6 "Astral Quest" by John Rankine Astronauts in buggy in NDA 2, Eagle, old Koenig; green background Astral Quest
7 "Alien Seed" by E.C. Tubb Mateo's ghost, Kara; grey background Alien Seed
8 "Android Planet" by John Rankine Eagle struck by lightning; grey background Android Planet
9 "Rogue Planet" by E.C. Tubb Hawk and Satazius; blue background Rogue Planet
10 "Earthfall" by E.C. Tubb Full cover, Hawk approaches Moon Earthfall

Dobson Books Ltd

(6 hardback titles based on Yr 1;

14.5 x 22 cm; Jacket designs feature black & white photos with coloured abstract graphics, designed by Richard Weaver; Back covers feature lists of Dobson science fiction books).

Title Cover
1 "Breakaway" by E.C. Tubb Eagle & small Moon Dobson books
2 "Moon Odyssey" by John Rankine large Moon, astronauts at desks Dobson books
3 "The Space Guardians" by Brian Ball Eagle, Zantor's face Dobson books
4 "Collision Course" by E.C. Tubb large Moon, Koenig screaming Dobson books
5 "Lunar Attack" by John Rankine Eagle & Satazius, explosion on lunar surface Dobson books
6 "Astral Quest" by John Rankine Koenig, abstract designs Dobson books

Some images thanks to Paul Stankevitch


Arthur Barker Ltd (Weidenfield (Publications) Ltd)

(3 hardback titles based on Yr 1; )

14.5 x 22 cm; Jackets feature non-series logo over black & white photo (two of the three are Year 2 publicity shots).
Back cover has description of another book in the Arthur Barker 1999 series)

Title Cover
"Alien Seed" by E.C. Tubb Koenig, Helena & Maya before Command Centre doors;
blue background
Alien Seed
"Android Planet" by John Rankine Koenig holds Helena behind him;
purple background
Android Planet
"Rogue Planet" by E.C. Tubb Astronauts cross lunar surface;
red background
Rogue Planet

Star (Wyndham Publications (W H Allen & Co) Ltd)

5 paperback titles based on Yr 2; with 8 page b/w photo section.

11 x 18 cm; Cover features non-series logo design with banner "Stunning New Series", over photo; back cover has description in black background.

Title Cover
1 "Planets Of Peril" by Michael Butterworth Torens under cap Star cover
2 "Mind-Breaks Of Space" by Michael Butterworth & J. Jeff Jones Robot Maya's head (from Taybor, not novelized in this series) Star cover
3 "The Space-Jackers" by Michael Butterworth Koenig grimaces in blue spotlight (All That Glisters) Star cover -thanks James Poll Star back cover -thanks James Poll
4 "The Psychomorph" by Michael Butterworth Koenig in silver spacesuit (Brian The Brain) Star cover
5 "The Time Fighters" by Michael Butterworth Koenig stands on All That Glisters planet surface Star cover

Some images thanks to James Poll

Allan Wingate

Hardback editions of Star titles, without photo section. Covers as Star paperback editions)

Title Cover
1 "Planets Of Peril" by Michael Butterworth Torens under cap (as paperback)
2 "Mind-Breaks Of Space" by Michael Butterworth & J. Jeff Jones Robot Maya's head (as paperback)