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See today's deal or sign up for the newsletter. Not Enabled. Basically, the future as imagined by those in the past. It's not too niche of an interest, since there's now a feature at Gizmodo that deals with this exact topic, but it's somethin I enjoyed this book. It's not too niche of an interest, since there's now a feature at Gizmodo that deals with this exact topic, but it's something I always enjoy.
How did the writers of the past imagine the future? Has that future already come and gone? What were the differences?
Written in the '70s, this book expands upon a lot of the growing interest in parapsychology of the time. The Space Vampires is of this vein as well. It incorporates devices like "lambda field" scanners - devices that are able to measure the life-field of animals, both alive and dead. One of the characters is about to publish a book detailing how life force is consumed by creatures in nature; indeed, it is actually a normal part of life - creatures not only feeding on physical flesh for energy, but also this life force.
This is a conceit that I always enjoy - the existence of paranormal phenomena and the serious study of it. It's one of the things I like about the X-Files. If the paranormal exists, how does it fit into our world? How would we react to it? This book does a decent job with this. I was a little surprised when the book took this direction - I had been expecting a more standard science-and-technology worldview that is present in a lot of science fiction I'm actually a little glad that I went into this book cold, since it was a refreshing surprised when my expectations were wrong.
This book also incorporates something else I always find amusing: stereotypical British priggishness and sangfroid. Alien beings are kept under minimal security in an urban installation in the heart of London really? Have to go meet with the Prime Minister? Not before I'm done my tea. Are we about to sit down and seriously discuss this issue? Let's have some brandy. And some more brandy. How about some whisky as a nightcap? Make sure there are plenty of cigars on hand as well.
Oh, and let's discuss all of this in a library full of dark mahogany and leather. We'll sort all of this out in time, let's not neglect our tea like barbarians. I found all of this to be extremely satisfying for some reason - the fact that Britain in - the year this book takes place - was ruled by quaint British attitudes. Women are not elevated to equal status by this time either - in fact, at one point, several characters, including a woman, go through a shared traumatic experience.
When it is over, the characters want some brandy to help them cope with what just happened, and of course the woman - who just shared the experience with all of the men! She is at least allowed to partake with the men once she assembles everything onto a tray and brings it over.
Another paleo-future itch that was scratched - technology of as seen from Spaceships that can reach Jupiter in 8 months? Missions to catalog asteroids in the belt? Permanent moonbase that is depicted as easy to reach? Check, check, check. And yet newspapers still exists. Telescreens have replaced the telephone, but cell phones do not exist. In fact, it was hilarious to me that characters playing "phone tag" was written so seamlessly into the story.
An example: one person calls another person. The conversation goes something like this: -Oh sorry, that person isn't here, can I take a message? By the way, a third person left a message for you. Would you like to call them? Tell them I'll meet them at such and such. And so on and so forth. This literally happens several times over the course of the book. In the era of mobile phones, the fact that people were so out of touch - and relied so much on leaving messages to get things accomplished - is one of the aspects of the past that I, a millennial, have trouble imagining.
The fact that the author assumed that this would still be the way things happen in is very amusing. One of the characters calls a government official in Sweden to ask about the status of a Swedish citizen; the Swedish official actually picks up a giant physical volume and thumbs through it until he reaches that person's name. Personally, I just love this sort of stuff and I got a big kick out of it in this book. It also helps that I thought this book held its own when it came to the actual story, and I thought the ultimate showdown was appropriate tense and thoughtful, with a very nice, philosophical resolution.
Jan 30, Matthew J. This book starts out great. Cool concepts, good cast of characters, sprawling story. Then about half-way through, it looses the thread, and limps on to a blah ending. Throughout, it has that weird British acceptance of mummery and pseudo-science that seemed so prominent in the s and 70s. There's also a lot of pretty childish misogyny. The way the main character justifies an almost continuous string of sexual encounters as somehow not cheating on his wife is pretty impressive.
If you could jus This book starts out great. If you could just read the first or so pages, then imagine your own ending, it would probably work better. Hahahahahahaha, this book is so '70s. From about page 5 onward, I was reading for the lulz. Pointing out how the mysterious females in suspended animation on the alien ship had great breasts! It being considered a great idea by all and sundry to bring said stasis-bound beings back to Earth, what could go wrong? Sure, rando journalist who's related to my ex-wife, you can sneak into the lab where they're being stored and grope the hot blonde one!
The hero being able to resist the predations of the Hahahahahahaha, this book is so '70s. The hero being able to resist the predations of the sexy female space vampire because he's virtuously masculine and can't let himself submit! The totally-necessary-to-the-plot bit where he sleeps with the mysterious professor's sexy research assistant--not because he wants to, mind, but because it will help him understand the vampiric tendencies in all of us, and thus the space vampires!
Every single female character being there to support the hero, to be attracted to him, or to be a pawn for the space vampires due to their weak minds and deviant sexual impulses.
And then the big reveal of their master plan I'm giving it two stars because I had so much fun mocking it out loud. May 21, R. Burns rated it liked it. I read this book years, years ago. Colin Wilson was one of those seminal sci-fiction writers that had a big effect on me as young man.
I'm primarily reading it now because I was cleaning under the bed and found a Pocket Book edition. I reread it years ago because of the movie version, "LifeForce," which aside from the full-frontal nude shots of the beautiful space vampire, was rather disappointing. Actually,the movie was good for what it was intended to be, a good British Sci-fi B-movie, a g I read this book years, years ago. Actually,the movie was good for what it was intended to be, a good British Sci-fi B-movie, a genre which I contend no one can do quite as well as the Brits.
But the movie wasn't faithful to the book, whose premise is that we are all energy vampires to some degree. Still the basic theme is there. A huge, miles-long spaceship is found in space, apparently millennium old, but with perfectly preserved humans in crystal caskets. The Earth space ship bring the preserved humans back to Earth where all hell breaks loose as a vampire plague is released.
After that, the book and the movie diverge. More on this divergence later. Nov 14, Bryan Hall rated it really liked it. It's Spaaaaace!
And Vampires! And some science fiction mumbo-jumbo about energy fields. Then a little bit of a detective story. Three of the bodies are brought back for study, and then…. Yes, I picked this book up because it was free and for totally ironical reasons. Yes, the writing was clunky. But I liked it! I think it would make a pretty g It's Spaaaaace!
I think it would make a pretty good cheesy movie; there would be some large pockets of sci-fi mumbo jumbo that kind of drag things down, but they're totally worth it to learn about how we can all find the ability to give or take energy from each other. And these space vampires are here to steal it all! Dec 17, Andrew Ralton rated it liked it Shelves: sf-speculative-fiction-horror-fanta , sf-horror-or-fantasy , new-age , read-in Not at all like the movie Lifeforce, which was the movie based on this book. It's a rather sedate affair, with not a lot of action or horror. The last 10 or so pages seem to be pretty much bolted on and seem a pretty lazy way of resolving the story.
This last section, and most of the book actually, are more about the author expounding his ideas of how vampirism might be philosophised as the way some creatures absorb energy from other creatures, and the nature of life force. All in all not a great novel, although some of the ideas are interesting if not overly convincing.
Jul 25, Scott rated it did not like it Shelves: horror. Some time in the not too distant future, astronauts discover a derelict spacecraft and bring three of its dormant occupants back to Earth. Unfortunately, they turn out to be some kind of energy vampires. This premise is fine, but what follows is around pages of bullshit philosophy and pseudoscience rather than a story.
I was somewhat aware that Wilson actually believed in this stuff but I didn't expect it to hijack the story so much. This definitely isn't a science fiction novel, and is bare Some time in the not too distant future, astronauts discover a derelict spacecraft and bring three of its dormant occupants back to Earth. This definitely isn't a science fiction novel, and is barely a horror story--more a weak vehicle for "new age" mumbo-jumbo.
View 1 comment. Dec 30, David Pollison rated it liked it. But then I don't think that the printed word could ever compete with actress Mathilda May's spectacular assets.
It plays like a failed Quatermass movie but one of its most exciting ideas was vampires ravaging London which is not in the book at all. Beyond that, the movie is exceptionally faithful to the book which does have some great concepts. Feb 04, J rated it liked it. Whereas the film is overloaded with twists and turns and boobs , the book is all about discussing things. They have a discussion about vampires, a discussion with the vampire, a discussion after they defeat the vampire, and a discussion after all is done.
It's not a horrible book, but it's not that good. For being published in , it has a feel of pulp scifi written decades earlier - perhaps when the author was in his 20's? May 14, Mark Boszko rated it liked it.
Rushed prose doesn't help the scant story at all, but his notional bits about vampirism, energy and consciousness are intriguing enough for me to have enjoyed the read anyway. It also helps that I have a soft spot for Lifeforce the movie which is based on the book for several reasons, not the least of which was the impressionable age at which I saw a good chunk of Mathilda May's prancing about in the buff before my Mom realized what was up.
I made it about pages into this and was extremely disappointed.