Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Sci-Fi Stories That Inspired Classic Sci Fi Films: “This Island, Earth” by Raymond F. Jones

The 1955 sci-fi classic film, This island Earth is based on the novel of the same name by Raymond F. Jones which was originally published as three novelettes in the magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories: "The Alien Machine" (June 1949), "The Shroud of Secrecy" (December 1949), and "The Greater Conflict" (February 1950)

In the story, a race of aliens have set about recruiting human beings for a group called "Peace Engineers" as part of their scheme to use Earth as a pawn in an intergalactic war between the Llanna and the Guarra. Both the movie and the book proceed along similar lines until they diverge quite considerably about half way through.

Compare and see which treatment you prefer!

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