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Conquest of Earth Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1964

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Airmont Books (August 1, 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00005XDPT
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,780,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Camp on July 5, 2011
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I don't suppose that the name of Manly Banister stirs a lot of memories in the minds of science fiction readers today. He published a gaggle of short stories in _Weird Tales_ back in the forties. Later, there were scattered stories here and there-- one in _Astounding_, another in _Galaxy_, another in _Beyond_, another in _Science Fiction Quarterly_. Still later, there were two Burroughsian fantasy serials in _Fantastic_: "Magnanthropus" (1961) and "Seed of Eloraspon" (1964) featuring a hero named Jefferson Jarvis. They were fairly popular with readers, but neither was reprinted in book form.

_Conquest of the Earth_ (1957) was originally a four-part serial in _Amazing_ under the title "The Scarlet Saint" in 1956. It has the distinction of being the only Banister novel to be published as a book. It can hardly be called a classical novel, but it is a passable space opera.

Earth has become a desert planet. The Miz-zou River is "an ancient, bone-dry bed" (27), and the "Mis-pi still trickled southward in a scanty flow to the shrunken sea" (27). Most farms have withered away, and the sun is turgid and blood-red. Clouds are a distant memory.

The ones believed responsible for all of this are the "benevolent" (they say so themselves) Trisz. No one has seen them (or it). But they/it seem to be a kind of unified energy life form of great (but not unlimited) power. They have established a feudalistic hierarchy with the Trisz at the top, the Blue Brothers below them, the Scarlet Order of Man below them, and the great huddled mass of mankind at the bottom.

The Blue Brothers are mostly loyal to the Trisz (though some are playing at more than one political game).
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although written in the 1950's by a little known author, it is an enjoyable read. The setting is a dry barren earth of the distant future. Two ice ages have passed, and the earth has been invaded by a "benevolent" alien called the "Trisz" who's exact nature is not known but is beleived to be a creature of pure energy. The book references several locations and geographic features by names that the reader will find interesting: Den-Ver, Ka-Si and No-Ka-Si are three of the cities mentioned. (Denver, Kansas City, and North Kansas City.) In this far future time, there are a few humans, that through intense training and discipline of the mind and body, control powers that would rival that of gods. They are known to the rest of the people (and the Trisz) as Scarlet Sages. The main character, Kor Danay is a newly graduated Scarlet Sage, a product of 18 years of training at the Instutute of Men. Upon his graduation, he is sworn to secrecy about what true powers the Scarlet Sages possess, for the Order of Men (the other name for the Scarlet Sages) are gathering intelligence about the Trisz and how to eventually defeat it and free mankind from it's alien rulers. The true powers of the Sages has been kept secret from the rest of society and the Trisz for thousands of years. These powers include the ability to control time, telepathy, teleportation, control of energy to the nth degree. Of all the Sages, Kor alone posseses a unique power, romantically called "Fire out of Heaven". Using his advanced mind, he can open a sub-space worm-hole near the surface of a star and use it to direct the energy like a planetary sized blow torch against any target in the same solar system.Read more ›
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Earth's elusive masters tolerated only one planet-wide organization - the Scarlet Order of Men. Only the most favored of the People could enter the Institute, as children, to undergo rigorous training. Those unift for the Order became Blue Brethren, servants and guides of the People, aiding and instructing them as loyal members of society, under the rule of the benvolent Trisz.
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The translation to the Kindle format was absolutely abysmal - thousands of spelling errors pretty much made this impossible to read. Save your money on this one and get the paperback instead.
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Kindle version unreadable
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