TO WORLDS UNKNOWN
First Published in 1960 - 157 pages
This book starts with everybody already in the Tavona. The nine people onboard consist of our usual heroes, Rex Clinton, Tiger Clinton, Professor Lucius Brane and Toby Paul, together with their alien friends, Gator, the commander of the Tavona, Borron, the navigator and Vargo Lentos, who is effectively the interstellar relations officer. The other two are the skeleton crew for the Tavona namely Nibo, a signals expert and Lesta, a mechanic. The object of this voyage, a few months after the last adventure, is merely a trip to Mars to see how the work of restoration is progressing. On the journey, the Professor spots a new planetoid and the Tavona lands to investigate. Here everybody is captured by small gorilla like creatures, but our heroes are able to escape when the creatures eat tablets from the medicine cabinet and become unconscious. Leaving for Mars, this strange world is named Nomad by the Professor. On the journey to Mars, Rex sees a strange face staring in at one of the windows on the Tavona. The mystery is solved when they arrive at Utopia on Mars and a Martian called Pavlo collects a sketch that he had previously left onboard. Somehow it had been a reflection of the sketch that Rex had seen. Going on to Mino, our heroes hope to meet with their friend Multova and find out more about the secret of the extraordinary long life of the people of Dacoona. Before they go to Mino, however, they go with Pavlo in his space ship, the Miconda, to explore the planet of Golcana. Here the friendly people exist in pairs, each pair being identical twins. The Miconda is destroyed in an electrical storm and this maroons the explorers. Other aggressive natives then attack the friendly natives and Tiger uses his rifle to fight them off. Rescued by the Tavona, our heroes go on to Mino and meet with Multova. Rex gets to spend some time with Morino. Rex bumps into Rolto and he tells Rex about a planet in the Third Region called Lila which, Rolto says, contains some of the earlier inhabitants of Earth and they speak Hebrew. Multova tells everybody about the latest research into the longevity of the Daccoonians. It appears that they can only live on their own planet and fall ill when taken to another. Rex tells everybody about what Rolto has said and they all resolve to go to Lila to investigate Rolto's claims. They travel in Multova's faster spaceship, whose name translates as 'Grey Lady' and the Tavona is to follow on. When they stop at the planet Lut for water, Rex goes for a paddle in a brook and finds himself trapped in a cement like substance, known as Klantz. Freed, the journey to Lila is resumed. At Lila communication commences with the use of the word 'Jehovah', the Hebrew name for God and an initial hostile atmosphere, (thanks to Rolto's previous visit), is defused. When the Tavona arrives later, it contains a messenger from Terromagna called Nargil, who has come to order Multova's immediate return, as he is urgently required. A visitor from the planet of Romunda in the Fourth Region has arrived at Terromagna seeking help. Romunda is near to a planet called Parvo and the satellite of that planet has gone out of orbit and is going to crash into Parvo. Every available spacecraft is needed to evacuate as many people as possible from Parvo to another planet named New Parvo. Travelling urgently in the Grey Lady to Romunda, where they have very advanced spacecraft, they meet up with a Romundian named Dominov. A short delay allows Dominov to demonstrate a device that the Romundians have that transmutes one metal into any other metal. Our heroes then go and save the last of the inhabitants of Parvo when no other ship dares land. Returning to Romunda, they find a great fleet of ships used in the evacuation, including the Tavona in which Rex returns to Mino to spend some time with Morino. The others follow on later after experiencing the wonders of Romunda and Terromagna. Some ten days later, the Tavona returns our heroes to Glensalich Castle back home in Scotland.
To Worlds Unknown
Subtitle - Further adventures in Space for Rex Clinton and his friends, this time culminating in the evacuation of the threatened planet Parvo.
Publication Details - published by Hodder and Stoughton
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