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Passage to Pluto

Hugh Walters

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Science fiction (Children's / Teenage)

For the first time Morrey, Serge and Tony make a space expedition without Chris, who has become Deputy Director of U.N.E.X.A.. Their dedtination is Pluto, which since its discovery in 1930 has always been thought the most distant of the planets. Now, however, the powerful instruments of the Lunar Observatory have detected a change in its orbit which suggests the existence of another planet beyond it. The task of Morrey and his crew is to learn more about this mysterious Planet X and also to try out a new form of propulsion which will send their ship through space faster than ever before.

The launching is a complete success, but as the crew are approaching Pluto they make a terrible discovery about their ship...

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Hugh Walters

Hugh Walters was a prolific writer of science fiction stories. Whilst his principle target audience was teenagers, his combination of genuine science about the solar system with adventure and suspense thrown in, made him popular with a wider spectrum of readers.

Born Walter Llewellyn Hughes on 15th June 1910 in Bilston, Staffordshire, the eldest of four children of Walter Martin and Kate Hughes. He was educated at Dudley Grammar School and as a young man was an enthusiastic Scoutmaster. Most of his working life was as Managing Director of Bradsteds, a light engineering factory in Bradley. His interest in space travel began when he and his son attended the meetings in Birmingham of The British Interplanetary Society in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Throughout his adult life he was an active Rotarian, a Justice of the Peace, and spent many years as a Councillor in Local Government in Bilston and Wolverhampton. His father had been an Alderman and Mayor of Bilston in 1937.

He married, first, Doris Higgins on 23rd April 1934. They had two children, Walter Frederick and Gillian Doris. His wife, Doris, died on 3rd September 1965. He married his second wife, Susan Elizabeth, in 1978. Walter Llewellyn Hughes died on 13th January 1993, survived by Susan and his two children.

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