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Lifeforce Paperback – May, 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books Inc (Mm); Reprint edition (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446326119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446326117
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Nine years after first attempting a Lovecraftian sci-fi novel in The Mind Parasites, Wilson made another stab at essentially the same plot, and wrote it much better, as The Space Vampires (Lifeforce). The major difference between the two - aside from a noticeably more mature approach in The Space Vampires - is the addition of plentiful story-required sex.
Wilson's plots never move briskly, but they often make up for it by being intellectually engaging. The Space Vampires is a quick and interesting read, contrasting extraterrestrial criminals with the more common garden variety found on Earth. Discussions abound on predation, and the precise nature of sex in general.
Filmed as Lifeforce in '85, the movie retained the basics of the plot, but went inexplicably overboard in directions Wilson wisely avoided. It is still a watchable movie, but not as good as Wilson's original novel.
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It was originally titled The Space Vampires. The copy I read had a picture of a seductive woman on the cover with fangs and a trickle of blood. I put off reading it for a while because I thought it would be cheesy.

However I was pleasantly surprised. While the movie wasn't bad, and was visually stimulating (especially the female "vampire"), the book is much better. It contained more detail and contained many significant plot threads that were omitted from the film. If you have a chance to read this book, do so. I also enjoyed The Mind Parasites, also by Colin Wilson.
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Colin Wilson who recently passed away is best known by his works on criminology and mysteries based on his studies on occultism. The novel originally titled Space Vampires was made into a film in 1985 as LIFEFORCE. While the film is focused more on hunting missing aliens who suck vitality out of their victims just as vampires do, the novel expands much more than that trying to answer a lot of mysteries about vampires and our possible contact with higher intelligence from outer space at the break of civilization. It is surely an entertaining read but some sci-fi freaks may easily find some flaws. Well, it's OK, it was 1976 when James Bond would go to space in Moonraker a few years later.

Verdict: Colin Wilson challenges Arthur C Clark
Rating: 83 out of 100
Recommended for: Vampire film fans, who want academic insights into the phenomena. Maybe Rupert Giles' (Buffy the Vampire) favorite book.
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Originally read the book when it first came out and loved it. When the movie came out, my sister and I convinced all of our friends to go see it and were horrified about how bad it was. The book is incredible. The movie...cheesy at best.
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