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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket; paperback / softback edition (February 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671809164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671809164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,112,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is also a short book and an easy read.
Christopher Calabrese
It looks to me like this book was scanned from a paper copy and auto-formatted into a Kindle file, and there are so many errors it's incredible.
Carl
The problem is that the book is as weak as the movie, just for different reasons - many of them are painfully obvious.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "debarnville" on September 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Gaining cult status fame from the film based upon it (Lifeforce), Space Vampires goes far beyond the screenplay giving rhyme and reason to the alien lifestealers and their actions.
The surviving astronaut is a far more intelligent character and makes a good psychologist and detective - trying to understand what has befallen him and what is yet to follow. He travels Europe researching vampiric legend, is tempted by the heady thrill of sadomastic domination, and eventually confronts an extraterrestrial being with luciferian traits. Like fallen angels, the energy vampires seek to regain their former state of glory, a classic case of the end justifying the means.
The book's ending is far more satisfying than the film's despite the latter's fun Hammer-horror feel, great Mancini score, and Mathilda May's glorious body. Enough to stir even the most space-frozen soulstealer to acts of volcanic passion...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JCD on April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Loved the campy horror movie from the 80s...who knew it was based on such a dark and well written story. This is a surprising little gem of a novel...quickly read and "absorbed" if you will...gives a much more believable backstory that the movie ever attempted. A nice find after all these years...give it a try and be pleasantly rewarded...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Lindsey VINE VOICE on June 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the year 2100, astronauts lead by Captain Carlsen investigate a bizarre spaceship that resembles a European castle of old stories while exploring space. They look inside to find that it's like something out of a Dracula story even with weird paintings made from a space substance, Carlsen and the crew discover large dead Octupus-like creatures and lots of semi-nude humanoid beings preserved in special coffins as they decide to bring a few which is two females and one male back to Earth in London for research. However they do wake up and escape as they are vampire-like alien beings that drain energy out of humans to get power including inhabiting the bodies of sex-murder victims including possibly the Prime-Minister, a professor of criminology and real-life vampirism known as Falleda with a inspector named Caine join up with Carlsen on trying to find out a way of how to destroy these intergalactic soul-suckers or else humanity might be contamined.

Intelligent and lovecraftian work of Sci-fi and horror fiction melded nicely by acclaimed author Colison Wilson. This one gives readers a unique and very refreshing approach on the vampire legend as these creatures have visited Earth before to create maps for humans mainly the greeks and even create the legends of vampires, succubi and other monsters of lore. But the core of this novel is that vampirism does exist as we are all vampires who drain energy from other things and the creatures here aren't like your father's vampires told in Bram Stoker or Ann Rice, these creatures have no fangs and suck only energy/youth/lifeforces out of beings instead.

It's a story about discover and what if there was other life out there beyond our world, it is also a philosphil tale about what could be evolution's true link.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Calabrese on June 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
No one would know about this book if it wasn't for the 80's scif-fi horror flick 'Lifeforce' (starring the very beautiful and very naked Mathilda May) which was based on this novel.

As always, the book is better than the movie, and if you are a big fan of the movie, as I am, (most straight men should be), then I highly recommend the book it was based off of. The most intriguing element for me is the scientific explanation of vampires, and examples of vampiristic creatures such as the moray eel. The origins of these creatures are not explored at any great length, but the detailed scientific elements make the story believable. The explanations of vampires in this book remind me of H.G. Wells' 'First Men in the Moon' when Cavort is explaining the scientific basis of cavorite to Mr. Bedford.

This is also a short book and an easy read. There's nothing too groundbreaking here, so I won't give it five stars, but it is still an enjoyable read. Anytime I meet people who are fans of science-fiction, I always point them to 'Space Vampires'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. on November 10, 2013
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First of all, this e-book needs SERIOUS editing. Formatting, typos, strange OCR looking transcription errors, the works.

The material itself is almost tantalizing. During the entire short book you could feel that something interesting lurked beneath the story we actually have before us. Unfortunately, that possible story never comes out. The writing is incredibly dated and stiff. Conversations are primarily of the ludicrous variety that make you physically wince occasionally. Characters are basic and flat (I kept forgetting who was who, outside of Carlsen and Fallada).

Anyway, I did not enjoy reading this book and thank the Nioth-Korghai that I am done with it.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on November 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
In the middle 21st century, when man can reach the edge of the solar system in a few months, a group of astronauts discovers a huge spaceship - a derelict. Led by Olaf Carlsen, the astronauts brave the ship's cavernous interior and discover that it contains human beings who appear to be dead. Taking several back to Earth, Carlsen soon realizes that the humans are actually alien vampires - beings who suck the life forces out of their victims, and even possess some humans as well. Teaming up with Dr. Hans Fallada, a criminologist with an interest in the science behind vampires, Carlsen hunts an escaped vampire across England, struggling to uncover the truth before the rest of their kind can be brought to Earth by oblivious atronauts.

I've always wondered what sort of fame "Vampires" if it hadn't been adapted by Hollywood for the horrible movie "Lifeforce". I think people flock to the book because they're fascinated by the idea of life-sucking aliens, and figure that the book must be way-better than the movie. Viewers must have thought that Tobe Hooper simply junked a perfectly acceptable plotline that would have worked just fine on the screen. The problem is that the book is as weak as the movie, just for different reasons - many of them are painfully obvious. The writing is pedestrian, and some plot points are just clumsy. (The alien vampire is brought to life by an unwitting reporter brought to the spacelab by Carlsen; the reporter is the son of an old romantic interest - a plot point that seems unnecessary and is never explored again. It's a minor problem, but typical of the story.) Worse, Wilson goes out of his way to take the edge out of his edgy premise. Vampires? Perfectly rational - if aberrant - outgrowths of natural phenomenon.
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