E.C. Tubb

Biography

The author of "Lucifer" — the inspiration for the film "57 Seconds" starring Josh Hutcherson and Morgan Freeman — is best-known for his long-running "Dumarest of Terra" series, featuring a hapless, wandering protagonist searching for his home, the third planet from the sun. His is also known for his adaptations of the "Space 1999" TV-series, and his “Cap Kennedy” novels (writing as Gregory Kern.)

In a sixty-year writing career he published over 120 novels, and 200 science fiction short stories in such magazines as Astounding/Analog, Authentic, Galaxy, Nebula, New Worlds, Science Fantasy, and Vision of Tomorrow.

His first science fiction short story was published in New Worlds in 1951, and his first novel quickly followed the same year. His earliest novels were written under several pseudonyms (most notably Charles Grey) and were exciting adventure stories, written in the prevailing fashion of the early 1950s. Yet from his very first novel, his work was characterized by a sense of plausibility, logic, and human insight. These qualities were especially evident in his short stories, which were frequently anthologized, most notably by Judith Merrill and Don Wollheim in their World’s Best SF annual compilations. In 1970, Tubb was Guest of Honour at the 28th World Science Fiction Convention in Heidelberg, West Germany.

‘Lucifer!’ received a Special Award for Best Short Story at the first Eurocon in 1972. The motion picture 57 Seconds, based upon "Lucifer," debuts in theaters in 2023 from Curmudgeon Films.

His output included historical adventure, detective, and westerns, but he remained best known for his numerous science fiction novels, of which Alien Dust (1955) and The Space Born (1956) were acknowledged classics.

Tubb continued to write dynamic new science fiction novels right up to his death; his final novel, "Fires of Satan," was published by Gollancz in 2013. New editions of his novels and collections of his best short stories continue to be published posthumously, and all of his books have remained constantly in print.

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Books

The Wall & the Life Buyer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,490. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2023 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Who wants to live forever? E.C. Tubb, a past master of science fiction, offers some theories in two spine-tingling novellas.
The Resurrected Man
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,160. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2020 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
From the author of "Lucifer," now adapted into the film "57 Seconds" starring Josh Hutcherson and Morgan Freeman —Captain Baron, space pilot, was forced to abandon his ship, waiting for a rescue that never came. Presumed dead, he is discovered five years later and awakens to find himself a celebrity — ruthlessly exploited by others, leaving him to wonder if he wasn't better off dead.
The Troublemaker and Other Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,490. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2020 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
From the author of "Lucifer," now adapted into the film "57 Seconds" starring Josh Hutcherson and Morgan Freeman —Martian colonist Curt Gregson saves for 10 years to raise fare back to Earth — only to miss his flight! Denied a refund, with medical bills mounting, driven to emotional and financial bankruptcy, he plans a desperate escape back to Earth. Also: four more classic stories.

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