science fiction

Here’s a book I’ve had since my earliest days. I love this book. I used to be able to read and understand Japanese when I was much younger, but tragically I’ve lost the ability.

This book is great because it covers not just Ultraman, but also other old school Ultra folk, like Ultra Seven, Ultraman Leo, Ultraman Taro, Father of Ultra, and Mother of Ultra.

Vintage Ultra Man Superhero Classic


Good times.


Children of the Void by William Dexter is a tale of a group of humans who work to rebuild a post-apocalyptic Earth. The Earth is then plunged into a journey through unknown dangers of space…

Children of the Void William Dexter Vintage Paperback Science Fiction Sci Fi

Earth’s chaotic voyage is watched by alien races. Who is friend? Who is foe?

This copy is a first printing October 1966 by Paperback Library. I love the cover art.

“A deadly phenomenon…young people dying from old age! Kirk must solve the mystery or The Enterprise crew will perish!!!”

Man, I do love Fotonovels™ so very much.

I remember the dark days of the 1970s when one had to wait for your favorite TV show to randomly appear on some obscure channel on the UHF(UH-what???) band.

Star Trek Deadly Years Fotonovel based upon the classic original series

No, today, you can just log onto the Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, and/or iTunes Store and within seconds you’re watching some classic TV show.

Good times.

Hey, I’m not complaining. I’m not one of these grouchy folks who rant and rave about how much better the old days were. Hell no. I love having instant access to my favorite TV shows (among other things).

Well, back in the 1970s, we had to make do with reading books based upon our favorite TV shows. The Fotonovel™ was an ingenious was to experience a TV show in book form. It was like a comic book but filled with still photos in place of illustrations.

The Deadly Years was a second season TOS episode. Kirk and company are infected with a disease that causes rapid aging. This book is a blast because it is filled with page after page of some really bad old person make-up effects.


One day, I was browsing through a delightful used book store and a book caught my eye. I thought, “Hey, wait just one centon. That’s a weird looking U.S.S. Enterprise! Maybe it is another Star Trek Federation starship. Book has a great sounding title: Galaxy 666.”

Galaxy 666 is a vintage sci fi book with a crappy disguised Star Trek Enterprise starship model on the cover.

It’s the U.S.S. NEVERprise. Bazinga!

I take a closer look at the ship on the front cover. Ha!

This ain’t no Star Trek book and the model on the cover is a crappy, half-assed modified U.S.S. Enterprise.  The publishers clearly didn’t give a Regulan Bloodworm’s arse about copyright, trademarks, and all of that legal stuff.

Even ballsier, the back cover feature’s an excerpt from a “Captain’s Log”.

On the plus side, the book is a fast read.

The late 1960s was a truly exciting time for anything space related: Star Trek, 2001, Erich von Daniken, and the emergence of  the groovy Pink Floyd sound.

Thus, Galaxy 666 was a decent tome that must have satiated the stoned sci-fi fan’s desire for any kind of space story.

As much as I love Star Trek, I love vintage cheese sci-fi even more[redundant phrase] .

Live Long and Prosper.

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