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Haile, Terence

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(1921-1979) UK author of two sf novels remarkable for their clumsiness and their apparent ignorance of the basic laws of Physics. In Space Train (1962; vt The Claw 1973) a farmer builds a rocket-powered train which, as a consequence of sabotage, takes off into space. There he encounters interplanetary crabs before returning to Earth. Galaxies Ahead (1963) is similarly implausible, with space travellers attaining ridiculous longevity – over a million years – not through any Relativistic effect or Stasis Field but simply because "we were in an air-locked compartment and did not do anything but sleep for most of the time, thus conserving our energy ..." [NT/DRL]

Terence Haile

born Birmingham, England: 22 June 1921

died Walsall: 19 January 1979


  • Space Train (London: Digit Books, 1962) [pb/Dan Rainey]
    • The Claw (Sydney, New South Wales: Bill Ewington Books, 1973) [vt of the above: pb/]
  • Galaxies Ahead (London: Digit Books, 1963) [pb/uncredited]


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