Friday, October 07, 2011

Forgotten Books: Quest of the Golden Ape -- Ivar Jorgensen & Adam Chase

So here's what happened. Last week I ran across two references to Quest of the Golden Ape in two very different places. I could only interpret this as a sign that I should re-read the novel, which appeared first as a serial in three issues of Amazing Stories back in 1957. There's no question that I read it then, but I had no memory of it.

The authors were Ivar Jorgensen and Adam Chase. At the time I didn't have a clue that Ivar Jorgensen was a name used by several different writers at several different publications. In this instance, Ivar was Randall Garrett. Adam Chase was used now and then by Milton Lesser, better known by another pseudonym, Stephen Marlowe.

The serial was later reprinted by Avalon books under the short title of The Golden Ape. I'm assuming it was lengthened by the authors, as it wouldn't have been long enough to fill even one of Avalon's slim volumes. It was also reprinted this year as part of a double volume by Fiction House. I don't know this is the serial version or the Avalon version.

As for the story, well, it doesn't hold up very well, but I had fun re-reading it, anyway. I like the old-fashioned stuff now and then. I'm not going to attempt to describe it. I'll let Paul W. Fairman, editor of Amazing Stories, do that for me.


4 comments:

  1. I remember that cover on AMAZING, but I don't remember the story, either (although I must have read it, too). Yes, when Fate sends you those signs and portents, it's wise to follow them.

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  2. Anonymous8:29 AM

    Meanwhile, perhaps its just my prejudices making me read between Fairman's lines, "Just marking time here, folks! I'll be gone soon enough...meanwhile, my fellow buddies hackin' these out while we do our better work on weekends have come up with another one, or at least the first installment here!"

    Watch the macaques!

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  3. Is it just me, or is the subtext of that editorial, "Well, just marking time here, gang...a couple of my buddies, also hackin' these out while doing their better work in the evenings and weekends, have come up with at least a first installment here...so have at!"

    Meanwhile...watch the macaques!

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  4. Hmm...my oddly "anonymous" comment disappeared for a while, hence the repost. Sorry for the redundancy!

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