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To leave the earth in a vessel designed to ride the emptiness of outer space would certainly demand of its crew the very highest qualities of courage and determination. But if the journey was to be a one-way trip with the objective of establishing an offshoot of humanity on a distant world, then every mortal quality would have to be considerably strengthened. Such was the project launched by Doctor Helenus Smith. He selected his crew with apparently small regard for the obvious essentials, his motivations for doing so kept close to his chest. The trouble began when a nameless world interposed itself on their course, appearing from nowhere, and upon which they were unexpectedly forced to land . . .
Denis Talbot Hughes (1917 - 2008) was born in London and was the son of Victorian artist Talbot Hughes. He trained as an Air Observation Pilot in WW2 but a serious crash prematurely ended his flying career. His first book, Fury Drives By Night was published in 1948; over 80 more titles followed, published under numerous contractual pseudonyms. In addition to science fiction, he also published westerns and adventure novels. This prolific period ended when his main publisher collapsed in 1954.
From 1954, until his retirement in the 1980s, he wrote short stories for DC Thomson, specialising in WW2 adventures for boys' papers including Victor, Hotspur, Warlord and Wizard.