August 11, 2015


If readers have ever scanned a shelf of vintage Star Trek books, the name James Blish will probably sound familiar. Blish (1921-1975) penned about 16 Trek novels, including numerous adaptations of original episodes. Among his many publications, Jack of Eagles (1952) may be of interest to Spy Vibers. The premise could have sat very comfortably in the world of The AvengersThe Prisoner, and other shows that were able to blend intrigue with science-fiction elements. Jack of Eagles centered around Danny Caiden, a young man who developed ESP and became embroiled in a web of conspiracy, parapsychology, and mathematical philosophy. If that doesn't sound cool enough, his talents came to the attention of an evil secret society who were determined to alter the course of history and dominate the world. Luckily there was an opposing society on the side of good, but readers will have to find out for themselves what happened in the end. Jack of Eagles was reprinted as Der PSI-Mann in 1962 in Germany with a fantastic cover featuring a proto-Op Art design with shades of retro Space Age fashion (see below). Spy Vibers can find old copies of Blish's short novel on-line at booksellers and auction sites. In the meantime, I prescribe a few minutes with this cover and let your imagination do the rest. Enjoy!

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