Kenneth Bulmer

Henry Kenneth Bulmer (14 January 1921 – 16 December 2005) was a British author, primarily of science fiction.

Kenneth Bulmer
Kenneth Bulmer c. 1956
Kenneth Bulmer c. 1956
Born14 January 1921
London, England
Died16 December 2005 (aged 84)
OccupationAuthor
NationalityUnited Kingdom
GenreScience fiction
SpousePamela Buckmaster

Life

Born in London, he married Pamela Buckmaster on 7 March 1953. They had one son and two daughters, and they divorced in 1981. Bulmer lived in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. He died 16 December 2005.

Career in science fiction

A prolific writer, Bulmer penned over 160 novels and numerous short stories, both under his real name and various pseudonyms. For instance, his long-running Dray Prescot series of planetary romances was initially published as Alan Burt Akers, and later as by the first-person protagonist of the series, Prescot himself.

Bulmer's works are popular in translation, particularly Germany, to the extent that in some cases they have been published only in German editions, with the original English-language versions remaining unpublished.

Bulmer did some work in comics, writing Jet-Ace Logan stories for Tiger,[1] scripts for War Picture Library, Lion and Valiant, and helping to create the British comics antihero The Steel Claw.[2] Paul Grist's comics series Jack Staff acknowledges this in the real name of its character The Claw, Ben Kulmer.

Bulmer was also active in science fiction fandom, including travelling to the United States in 1955 as the TransAtlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) delegate.

In the 1970s he edited nine issues of the New Writings in Science Fiction anthology series in succession to John Carnell, who originated the series.

Pen names and imaginary biographies

Bulmer's pseudonyms include Alan Burt Akers, Frank Brandon, Rupert Clinton, Ernest Corley, Peter Green, Adam Hardy, Philip Kent, Bruno Krauss, Karl Maras, Manning Norvil, Chesman Scot, Nelson Sherwood, Richard Silver, H. Philip Stratford and Tully Zetford. Kenneth Johns was a collective pseudonym used for a collaboration with author John Newman. Some of Bulmer's works were published along with the works of other authors under "house names" (collective pseudonyms) Ken Blake (for a series of tie-ins with the 1970s television programme The Professionals), Arthur Frazier, Neil Langholm, Charles R. Pike, and Andrew Quiller. He also ghost-wrote books for Barry Sadler.

In some cases, Bulmer used not only a different name but also included in the books a detailed imaginary biography giving specific personal details substantially different from the true ones. For example, the Viking series published under the name "Neil Langholm" included biographical details intended to create the impression that the series – as appropriate to its subject – was written by a Dane:

Neil Langholm was born in Copenhagen in 1931, but was educated in England at Eton and Oxford. He started his career as a veterinary surgeon but gave up in 1960 to begin writing full time. He is the author of several bestselling western and science fiction series, which he writes under a pseudonym. Mr. Langholm now lives with his wife and five children in Ruislip. His hobbies are breeding dogs and archery.[3]

Bibliography

Science fiction novels

Dray Prescot series (written as Alan Burt Akers and Dray Prescot)

Consists of eleven cycles (the last is unfinished), four stand-alone novels, and three stand-alone short stories as noted below. The first thirty-seven volumes were published by DAW Books from December 1972 – April 1988; print editions of the later volumes were initially published solely in German translation by Wilhelm Heyne Verlag from 1991–1998. English language ebooks of volumes 38–41 were later issued by the now-defunct electronic publisher Savanti from September 1995 – December 1998; ebooks of volumes 1–52 have since been issued by another electronic publisher, Mushroom eBooks. Publication was interrupted for close to six years between volumes 45 and 46 due to family illness and difficulty in locating the manuscripts.[4] As of 5 February 2014 it was reported that all the missing manuscripts had been found except that for Demons of Antares (Book 46), which was being translated back into English from the German version, a process then "almost finished."[5] Publication of the volume followed in June 2014, with the remaining volumes appearing at intervals during the remainder of the year. Volume 52 was published in November 2014. Bladud Books, a sister imprint of Mushroom eBooks, has published collected omnibus editions of all volumes in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats.[6]

  • 1. Transit to Scorpio (Dec. 1972) ISBN 978-1-84319-333-3 (PDF)
  • 2. The Suns of Scorpio (Apr. 1973)
  • 3. Warrior of Scorpio (Aug. 1973)
  • 4. Swordships of Scorpio (Dec. 1973)
  • 5. Prince of Scorpio (Apr. 1974)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Delian Cycle (Apr. 2007) ISBN 978-1-84319-557-3 (hbk)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Havilfar Cycle I (Feb. 2009) and The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Havilfar Cycle II (Feb. 2009)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Krozair Cycle (Feb. 2009)

  • 15. Secret Scorpio (Dec. 1977)
  • 16. Savage Scorpio (Apr. 1978)
  • 17. Captive Scorpio (Aug. 1978)
  • 18. Golden Scorpio (Dec. 1978)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Vallian Cycle (Apr. 2009)

  • 19. A Life for Kregen (Apr. 1979)
  • 20. A Sword for Kregen (Aug. 1979)
  • 21. A Fortune for Kregen (Dec. 1979)
  • 22. A Victory for Kregen (Apr. 1980)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Jikaida Cycle (Aug. 2009)

  • 23. Beasts of Antares (Aug. 1980)
  • 24. Rebel of Antares (Dec. 1980)
  • 25. Legions of Antares (Aug. 1981)
  • 26. Allies of Antares (Dec. 1981)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Spikatur Cycle (Mar. 2010)

  • 27. Mazes of Scorpio (Jun. 1982)
  • "Green Shadows" (Aug. 1982) (stand-alone short story)
  • "Lallia the Slave Girl" (Sep. 1982) (stand-alone short story)
  • 28. Delia of Vallia (Dec. 1982) (stand-alone novel)
  • 29. Fires of Scorpio (Apr. 1983)
  • 30. Talons of Scorpio (Dec. 1983)
  • 31. Masks of Scorpio (Apr. 1984)
  • 32. Seg the Bowman (Oct. 1984) (stand-alone novel)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Pandahem Cycle I (May 2011) and The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Pandahem Cycle II (Jun. 2011)

  • 33. Werewolves of Kregen (Jan. 1985)
  • 34. Witches of Kregen (Apr. 1985)
  • 35. Storm over Vallia (Aug. 1985) (stand-alone novel)
  • 36. Omens of Kregen (Dec. 1985)
  • 37. Warlord of Antares (Apr. 1988)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Witch War Cycle (Sep. 2011)

  • 38. Scorpio Reborn (Wiedergeborenes Scorpio, 1991; English ebook edition Sep. 1995)
  • 39. Scorpio Assassin (Meuchelmörder von Scorpio, 1992; English ebook edition Feb. 1996)
  • 40. Scorpio Invasion (Invasion von Scorpio, 1992; English ebook edition Aug. 1996)
  • 41. Scorpio Ablaze (Scorpio in Flammen, 1992; English ebook edition Dec. 1998)
  • 42. Scorpio Drums (Die Trommeln von Scorpio, 1992; English ebook edition Apr. 2008)
  • 43. Scorpio Triumph (Der Triumph von Scorpio, 1993; English ebook edition Jun. 2008)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Lohvian Cycle I (Dec. 2011) and The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Lohvian Cycle II (Sep. 2012)

  • 44. Intrigue of Antares (Die Intrige von Antares, 1993; English ebook edition Jul. 2008)
  • 45. Gangs of Antares (Die Banditen von Antares, 1994; English ebook edition Jul. 2008)
  • 46. Demons of Antares (Die Dämonen von Antares, 1994; English ebook edition Jun. 2014)
  • 47. Scourge of Antares (Die Geißel von Antares, 1994; English ebook edition Jul. 2014)
  • 48. Challenge of Antares (Die Fehde von Antares, 1995; English ebook edition Jul. 2014)
  • 49. Wrath of Antares (Der Zorn von Antares, 1996; English ebook edition Aug. 2014)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Balintol Cycle I (Aug. 2015) and The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Balintol Cycle II (Aug. 2015)

  • 50. Shadows over Kregen (Schatten über Kregen, 1996; English ebook edition Sep. 2014) (stand-alone novel)
  • 51. Murder on Kregen (Mord auf Kregen, 1997; English ebook edition Oct. 2014)
  • 52. Turmoil on Kregen (Aufruhr auf Kregen, 1997; English ebook edition Nov. 2014)

Collected in The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Spectre Cycle (Sep. 2015)

  • 53. Betrayal on Kregen (Verrat auf Kregen, unpublished eleven page fragment)

Ryder Hook series (written as Tully Zetford)

The last six books in the series were published only in German, under Bulmer's real name. The first four books have also been published under his real name, collected in a single volume.

  • Whirlpool of Stars (1974)
  • The Boosted Man (1974)
  • Star City (1974)
  • The Virility Gene (1975)
    The Nova Man (Der Nova-Mann, 1987, Collection of the first four books)
  • The Gervase Factor (Mission Galaxis, 1988)
  • The Lost Fleet (Der Weltraum-Friedhof, 1988)
  • Star Strike (Rebell der Sterne, 1988)
  • Lure of the Novamen (Weltraum-Piraten, 1988)
  • Citadel of Doom (Gefangen im All, 1988)
  • Secret of the Novamen (Vermächtnis der Zukunft, 1988)

Keys to the Dimensions series

  • The Key to Irunium (1967)
  • The Key to Venudine (1968)
  • The Wizards of Senchuria (1969)
  • The Ships of Durostorum (1970)
  • The Hunters of Jundagai (1971)
  • The Chariots of Ra (1972)
  • The Diamond Contessa (1983)

Odan the Half-God series (written as Manning Norvil)

  • Dream Chariots (1977)
  • Whetted Bronze (1978)
  • Crown of the Sword God (1980)

Other science fiction novels

  • Space Treason (1952) with A. V. Clarke
  • Cybernetic Controller (1952) with A. V. Clarke
  • Encounter in Space (1952)
  • Zhorani (Master of the Universe) (1953) (as Karl Maras)
  • Empire of Chaos (1953)
  • Galactic Intrigue (1953)
  • Space Salvage (1953)
  • The Stars are Ours (1953)
  • Mission to the Stars (1953) (as Philip Kent)
  • Vassals of Venus (1953) (as Philip Kent)
  • Challenge (1954)
  • World Aflame (1954)
  • Home Is the Martian (1954) (as Philip Kent)
  • Slaves of the Spectrum (1954) (as Philip Kent)
  • Peril from Space (1954) (as Karl Maras)
  • City Under the Sea (1957)
  • The Secret of ZI (1958) (a.k.a. The Patient Dark (1969))
  • The Changeling Worlds (1959)
  • The Earth Gods are Coming (1960) (a.k.a. Of Earth Foretold (1961))
  • Defiance (1960)
  • Beyond the Silver Sky (1961)
  • Land Beyond the Map (1961)
  • No Man's World (1961) (a.k.a. Earth's Long Shadow (exp 1962))
  • The Fatal Fire (1962)
  • The Wind of Liberty (1962)
  • The Wizard of Starship Poseidon (1963)
  • Demons' World (1964) (a.k.a. The Demons (1965))
  • The Million Year Hunt (1964)
  • Behold the Stars (1965)
  • Worlds for the Taking (1966)
  • To Outrun Doomsday (1967)
  • Cycle of Nemesis (1967)
  • The Doomsday Men (1968)
  • The Ulcer Culture (1969) (a.k.a. Stained-Glass World (1976))
  • Kandar (1969)
  • The Star Venturers (1969)
  • Quench the Burning Stars (1970) (a.k.a. Blazon (expanded 1970))
  • Star Trove (1970)
  • Swords of the Barbarians (1970)
  • The Electric Sword-Swallowers (1971)
  • The Insane City (1971)
  • On the Symb-Socket Circuit (1972)
  • Roller Coaster World (1972)

Historical novels

The Vikings series (as Neil Langholm)

  • 1. Blood Sacrifice (1975)
  • 2. The Dark Return (1975)
  • 3. Blood on the Sun / The Sun in the Night (1975)
  • 4. Trail of Blood (1976)

Wolf's Head series (as Arthur Frazier)

  • 1. Oath of Blood (1973)
  • 2. The King's Death (1973)
  • 3. A Light in the West (1973)
  • 4. Viking Slaughter (1974)
  • 5. A Flame in the Fens (1974)
  • 6. An Axe in Miklagard (1975)

The Eagles – Gladiator series (as Andrew Quiller)

  • 1. The Hill of the Dead (1976)
  • 2. The Land of Mist (1976)
  • 3. City of Fire (1976)
  • 4. Blood on the Sand (1976)
  • 5. Sea of Swords (1976)

Captain Shark series (as Richard Silver)

  • 1. By Pirate's Blood (1975)
  • 2. Jaws of Death (1975)

Fox series (as Adam Hardy)

  • The Press Gang (1973)
  • Prize Money (1973)
  • The Siege (1973) (a.k.a. Savage Siege)
  • Treasure (1973) (a.k.a. Treasure Map (1974))
  • Powder Monkey (1973) (a.k.a. Sailor's Blood (1974))
  • Blood for Breakfast (1974) (a.k.a. Sea of Gold)
  • Court Martial (1974)
  • Battle Smoke (1974)
  • Cut and Thrust (1974)
  • Boarders Away (1975)
  • Fireship (1975)
  • Blood Beach (1975)
  • Sea Flame (1976)
  • Close Quarters (1977)

Sea Wolf series (as Bruno Krauss)

  • 1. Steel Shark (1978)
  • 2. Shark North (1978)
  • 3. Shark Pack (1978)
  • 4. Shark Hunt (1980)
  • 5. Shark Africa (1980)
  • 6. Shark Raid (1982)
  • 7. Shark America (1982)
  • 8. Shark Trap (1982)

Western novels

Jubal Cade series (as Charles R. Pike)

  • 11. Brand of Revenge (1978) (a.k.a. Brand of Vengeance (1980))

Adventure novels

  • White-Out (1960) (as Ernest Corley)

Casca series (as Barry Sadler [house name])

  • 4. Panzer Soldier (1980)
  • 22. The Mongol (1990)

Strike Force: Falklands series (as Adam Hardy)

  • 1. Operation Exocet (1984)
  • 2. Raider's Dawn (1984)
  • 3. Red Alert (1984)
  • 4. Recce Patrol (1985)
  • 5. Covert Op (1985)
  • 6. 'Ware Mines (1985)

Television tie-ins

The Professionals series (as Ken Blake)

  • 1. Where the Jungle Ends (1978)*
  • 2. Long Shot (1978)*
  • 3. Stake Out (1978)*
  • 4. Hunter Hunted (1978)*
  • 5. Blind Run (1979)*
  • 6. Fall Girl (1979)*
  • 7. Hiding to Nothing (1980)
  • 8. Dead Reckoning (1980)
  • 9. No Stone (1980)
  • 11. Spy Probe (1981)
  • 12. Foxhole (1981)
  • 13. The Untouchables (1982)
  • 14. Operation Susie (1982)
  • 15. You'll Be All Right (1982)*

Asterisked titles also published in hardback under Bulmer's own name

Children's books

  • Pretenders (1972)

Collections

  • The Wind of Liberty (1962) [novel plus 1 short story]

Anthologies

Non-fiction

  • The True Book about Space Travel (1960) (with John Newman, as Kenneth Johns)

References

  1. ^ Andrew Darlington, "Captain Condor: Space Hero in Search of an Artist", The Mentor 84, October 1994, pp. 5-8, 11
  2. ^ Obituary: Ken Bulmer, The Independent, 20 December 2005
  3. ^ From the introduction page to "Blood Sacrifice", 1975
  4. ^ Martyn. "A message from Ken Bulmer's family." 3 Oct. 2009.
  5. ^ Martyn. "Demons of Antares – progress report." 5 Feb. 2014.
  6. ^ Alan Burt Akers webpage on Mushroom eBooks site

External links

Arena of Antares

Arena of Antares is a science fiction novel by British writer Kenneth Bulmer, written under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers; it is the seventh volume in his Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1974.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the seventh volume in the series as a whole, Arena of Antares is also the second of six volumes in the Havilfar Cycle. It is set on the fictional continent of Havilfar.

The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

Armada of Antares

Armada of Antares is a science fiction novel by British writer Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the eleventh volume in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1976.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the eleventh volume in the series as a whole, Armada of Antares is also the last of six volumes in the Havilfar Cycle. It is set on the fictional continent of Havilfar as well as the islands of Pandahem and Valka.

The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

Avenger of Antares

Avenger of Antares is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the tenth volume in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1975.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the tenth volume in the series as a whole, Avenger of Antares is also the fifth of six volumes in the Havilfar Cycle. It is set on the fictional continent of Havilfar.

The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

Cycle of Nemesis

Cycle of Nemesis is a science fiction novel by the British writer Kenneth Bulmer. It was first published in 1967.

Fliers of Antares

Fliers of Antares is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the eighth volume in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1975.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the eighth volume in the series as a whole, Fliers of Antares is also the third of six volumes in the Havilfar Cycle. It is set on the fictional continent of Havilfar.

The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

Jet-Ace Logan

Jet-Ace Logan was a British comic strip that appeared in The Comet (1956–1959) and Tiger (1959–1968), issues of Thriller Picture Library, plus the 1969 and 1972 Tiger Annuals. It was originally drawn by John Gillat, and writers contributing scripts included David Motton, Kenneth Bulmer, and Frank S. Pepper; other artists illustrated the character's adventures, including Brian Lewis, Ron Turner, Francisco Solano López, Kurt Caesar and Geoff Campion.The hero, Jim "Jet-Ace" Logan, was an ace interplanetary pilot of the RAF; stories were set about 100 years in the future (for example, the story in the 1963 Tiger Annual is set in 2063). In all but the earliest stories, his regular copilot, Plum-Duff (sometimes Plumduff) Charteris, accompanied Jet-Ace.

Many of the insightful scenarios, written in the 1950s, seem applicable more than a half a century later. For example, in one adventure, Jet-Ace was involved in fighting a group of aliens who endeavored to destroy humankind by contaminating the planet's atmosphere.

In later stories, Jet-Ace and Plumduff belonged to various law enforcement agencies, such as the Solar Police, rather than military organizations.

The Finnish cartoonist Petri Hiltunen created a spoof of Jet-Ace, Rocket Reynolds, under a pseudonym "Valentin Kalpa".

John Carnell

Edward John Carnell (8 April 1912 – 23 March 1972), known to his friends as either Ted or John, was a British science fiction editor known for editing New Worlds in 1946 then from 1949 to 1963. He also edited Science Fantasy from the 1950s. After the magazines were sold to another publisher he left to launch the New Writings in Science Fiction anthology series, editing 21 issues until his death, after which the series was continued by Kenneth Bulmer for a further 9 issues.

Taken together his publications played a role in starting the careers of Damien Broderick, Brian W. Aldiss, James White, J. G. Ballard, and his successor at New Worlds, Michael Moorcock. Despite that list, Carnell tended to prefer adventure and Hard SF to New Wave experimentation so John Christopher, Kenneth Bulmer, and E. C. Tubb were more typical of his tenure. However, he was not seen as an opponent of the New Wave in the way John W. Campbell tended to be, and he even published a number of more experimental works by such authors as J. G. Ballard and Brian Aldiss. On personality he was deemed hardworking and scrupulous.

Krozair of Kregen

Krozair of Kregen is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the fourteenth book in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1977.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the fourteenth volume in the series as a whole, Krozair of Kregen is also the last of three volumes in the Krozair Cycle. It is set in the fictional Eye of the World on the continent of Turismond .

The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

Land Beyond the Map

Land Beyond the Map is a short science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer. It originally appeared in the magazine Science Fantasy in 1961 under the title "The Map Country". It was subsequently enlarged and published by Ace Books in 1965. It was published in an Ace Double, which also contained another short novel, Fugitive of the Stars by Edmond Hamilton, on the opposite side.

Manhounds of Antares

Manhounds of Antares is a science fiction novel by British writer Kenneth Bulmer, written under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the sixth volume in his Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1974.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the sixth volume in the series as a whole, Manhounds of Antares is also the first of six volumes in the Havilfar Cycle. It is set on the fictional continent of Havilfar.

The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

New Writings in SF

New Writings in SF was a series of thirty British science fiction anthologies published from 1964 to 1977 under the successive editorships of John Carnell from 1964 to 1972 (the last volume with the aid of Daniel Lloyd) and Kenneth Bulmer from 1973 to 1977. There were in addition four special volumes compiling material from the regular volumes. The series showcased the work of mostly British and Commonwealth science fiction authors, and "provided a forum for a generation of newer authors."It is the earliest of four notable science fiction anthology series of the 1960s and 1970s. The popularity of New Writings crossed the Atlantic, and several US anthology publications emerged, including Orbit, Nova, and Universe. However, unable to sustain the pace that anthologies demanded, the genre ended up a fad, lacking the circulation of magazines.The series was issued quarterly for the first nine volumes but could not sustain this pace thereafter. Successive issues were released at somewhat irregular intervals, with as few as one and as many as five volumes appearing in a given year. Initial publication was usually in hardcover by Dennis Dobson to 1972, and by Sidgwick & Jackson from 1972 onward. Volumes were reissued in paperback after an interval by Corgi, though on one occasion the pattern was reversed, with the Corgi edition appearing first. Another London-based publisher involved with the series was Transworld Publishers.

The American publisher for volumes 1-9 was Bantam Books, which reissued volumes 1-6 in paperback, usually a few years after publication in England. The contents of Bantam's volumes 7-9 diverged from their British counterparts, consisting of repackaged selections from volumes 7-15 the original series. Bantam did not continue its series beyond its volume 9, and there was no American publication for the remaining volumes of the original series.

Renegade of Kregen

Renegade of Kregen is a science fiction novel by British writer Kenneth Bulmer, written under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers; it is the thirteenth volume in his Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1976.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the thirteenth volume in the series as a whole, Renegade of Kregen is also the second of three volumes in the Krozair Cycle. It is set in the fictional Eye of the World on the continent of Turismond .

The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

Space Pirates (novel)

Lure of the Novamen is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer, volume 8 in the Ryder Hook series. It was published in German translation as Weltraum-Piraten in 1988. Therefore, it is usually but falsely referenced to as Space Pirates, because this is the literal translation of the German title only. As of December 2005, it remains unpublished in English.

Swordships of Scorpio

Swordships of Scorpio is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the fourth volume in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1973.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the fourth volume in the series as a whole, Swordships of Scorpio is also the fourth volume in the Delian Cycle and, like the second and third volume, is set on the fictional continent of Turismond but also introduces the island of Pandahem for the first time.The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

The Suns of Scorpio

The Suns of Scorpio is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the second volume in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1973.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the second volume in the series as a whole, The Suns of Scorpio is also the second volume in the Delian Cycle and introduces the reader to the fictional continent of Turismond and the Eye of the World.The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

The Tides of Kregen

The Tides of Kregen is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the twelfth volume in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1976.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the twelfth volume in the series as a whole, The Tides of Kregen is also the first of three volumes in the Krozair Cycle. It is set on the fictional continent of Turismond as well as the island of Valka and Earth.

The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

To Outrun Doomsday

To Outrun Doomsday is a science fiction novel by Engliah writer Kenneth Bulmer. It was first published in 1967.

Transit to Scorpio

Transit to Scorpio is a science fiction novel by British writer Kenneth Bulmer, written under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the first book in his Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1972.

Bulmer's choice of the setting for the book, and for the series as a whole, is a subtle tribute to the Martian series of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the prototypical Sword and Planet romance. The star Antares, similar in brightness and hue to the planet Mars in the night sky, was given its name (meaning "like Mars") by early astronomers to compare it to and help distinguish it from the planet. Bulmer is signalling that his series is similar to that of his model. The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the first volume in the series as a whole, Transit to Scorpio is the initial volume in the Delian Cycle, which introduces the reader to a number of different Kregen locales as Prescot struggles to find his place in this strange new world and to win the hand of Delia, the love of his life.

Warrior of Scorpio

Warrior of Scorpio is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers. It is the third volume in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the constellation of Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Books in 1973.

The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the third volume in the series as a whole, Warrior of Scorpio is also the third volume in the Delian Cycle and, like the second volume, is set on the fictional continent of Turismond and the Mediterranean Sea-like Eye of the World.The 52 completed novels of the Dray Prescot series were written by Bulmer between 1972 and 1997, when a stroke stopped his writing, also the later Dray Prescot books, after 1988, were originally only published in German. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series.

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