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Pre-Gargantua

Denis Hughes, Neil Charles

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Science fiction

An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

Man is established on Kliron XIV, a dark, bleak, barren little globe used solely as a base for spatial patrol ships. Life on Kliron is no bed of roses, but it is only when faced by perils that seem at first too incredible to believe that the best - and worst - is revealed in men. Here in Kliron XIV just such a peril materialises. For the first time in their lives men find themselves confronted by an enemy against which no weapon can prevail. Worse even than the Master Entity, the Gargantua are its slaves, evil Flowers of Darkness that bloom where no life can exist . . .

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Denis Hughes

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.

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