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Space 1999 Year One by E C Tubb, John Rankine, Brian Ball with William Latham and Rupert Booth

Space 1999 Year One Space 1999 Year One paperback

Powys 24 January 2020 (printing date December 2019). Revised adaptions of 1975 novels, with new material. Includes forewords by Tubb, Rankine and Ball, publishing history and editors notes. Limited edition of 200. 700 pages. Hardcover 220mm x 285mm with white dust jacket. The pages are printed in double columns.

Paperback edition 15 December 2022. 628 pages, A4 size (210 x 297 mm)

Powys books Year One and Year Two omnibus editions Space 1999 Year One paperback

It is a companion volume to Space: 1999 Year Two (2006)

Based on the following material:

Dust jacket front inner flap:


SPACE: 1999 YEAR ONE is the long - awaited collection of of all the episodes of the series' first season episodes. Originally published as six separate volumes by authors E.C. Tubb, John Rankine and Brian Ball, this omnibus contains all the episodes that appeared in those original books but also contains a new novelization of the episode Earthbound (formerly not included in the individual novelizations), written by Patricia Sokol. There are also new novelizations of the episodes Force of Life and End of Eternity written by William Latham. Finally, a previously unpublished twenty-fifth episode, called Operation Deliverance, written by Rupert Booth, has been added.

All the episode novelizations have been revised for continuity with each other and with the rest of the "Powysverse" novels and short stories. The idea, from the beginning, has been to create an interconnected, internally consistent, literary epic tale of the Alphans' odyssey.

The editing team spent, literally, years working on this omnibus and are proud to finally publish it as the definitive chronicle of Moonbase Alpha for the enjoyment of the series' fans.

This omnibus, the companion to Powys Media's earlier SPACE: 1999 YEAR TWO by Michael Butterworth, features forewords by all three of the original novelizations' authors, a publishing history, and a detailed note from editors about the thoughts and methodology behind the editing process.



The conclusions have a succinct justification of this new edition:

The Editorial Team assumes that most readers still have their paperback copies of the original novelizations. The goal of the Year One Omnibus was never to supplant these original novelizations - only to supplement them and tie them together with Powys continuity - both versions will have value to most fans. The readers will be the ultimate arbiters of canon. This book represents our canon. If it cannot peacefully coexist with your canon, that's fine with us. Consider it an alternate universe if you must.

Stories mostly follow episode production order, except for the first five episodes, which have two additional stories inserted. After Breakaway and set immediately after it, Operation Deliverance is a new story. The crew of Moonbase Beta evacuate to Alpha, bringing a prototype of their "mass nullification" space drive. Simmonds conspires with Preston, the Beta commander, to take control while Koenig flies to investigate planet Meta (an obvious prelude to Seance Spectre, particularly with Sanderson as one of the Beta crew). When they take over Main Mission, they kill Ouma, but Sanderson kills Preston, siding with Koenig. The next story, Earthbound, continues with Simmonds (this is not E C Tubb's 2003 adaption Earthbound, but a new adaption). A new short story Breaking Ground has Koenig disturbed by the fate of Simmonds. Ring Around The Moon has Bergman identifying the demise of Triton from the Kaldorian star charts. This leads to Black Sun (as in the original Tubb novel), then Matter of Life and Death, before we resume the standard production order.

Breakaway is the episode with the most changes, adding scenes from the filmed episode as well as cut scenes.

The white dust jacket covers the handsome black hardcover, with gold embossed lettering.

Signature page, title page, and main text.

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