M-Series ACE Doubles

M-101 LEIGH BRACKETT The Secret of Sinharat (cover and interior sketches by Emsh; 1964; listed as "complete novel") and M-101b LEIGH BRACKETT People of the Talisman (cover and interior sketches by Emsh; 1964; listed as "first book publication")

M-103 FRED SABERHAGEN The Golden People (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1964; listed as "complete novel") and M-103b IAN WRIGHT Exile From Xanadu (cover and interior sketch by Emsh; 1964; listed as "first book publication")

Exile From Xanadu is the last Emsh cover for ACE Doubles, however some later volumes have interior illustrations by Emsh.

M-105 MARGARET St. CLAIR Message From The Eocene (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1964) and M-105b MARGARET St. CLAIR Three Worlds of Futurity (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1964)

Original preliminary art by Jack Gaughan for Message From The Eocene.  Note that this preliminary art was matted by Jack Gaughan and (in his cursive script) titled "Guidebook From Space." Mixed media on illustration board.  Image size is 4.25" x 6.5."

The short stories of Three World of Futurity are: The Everlasting Food, Idris' Pig, The Rages, Roberta, and The Island of the Hands.

M-107 A. BERTRAM CHANDLER The Coils of Time (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1964) and M-107b A. BERTRAM CHANDLER Into the Alternate Universe (cover by Ed Valigursky; 1964)

M-109 G. C. EDMONDSON (aka JOSE MARIO GARY ORDONEZ EDMONDSON) Stranger Than You Think (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1965) and M-109b G. C. EDMONDSON (aka JOSE MARIO GARY ORDONEZ EDMONDSON) The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1965; listed as "first book publication")

Seven Edmondson stories from the period 1959 to 1963 are included in Stranger Than You Think: The Misfit, From Caribou To Carry Nation, The Galactic Calabash, The Sign Of the Goose, The Country Boy, The World Must Never Know, and The Third Bubble.

M-111 KENNETH BULMER Land Beyond the Map (cover by Jerome Podwil; 1965; listed as "complete novel") and M-111b EDMOND HAMILTON Fugitive of the Stars (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1965; listed as "first book publication")

Land Beyond the Map is the first cover by Jerome Podwil for ACE Doubles.

Original preliminary art by Jack Gaughan for Fugitive of the Stars.  Note that this preliminary art was matted by Jack Gaughan and (in his cursive script) titled "Fugitive of the Stars." Gouache on illustration board.  Image size is 3.25" x 6.40."

M-113 DAMON KNIGHT Off Center: A Scintillating Science-Fiction Collection (cover and five small illustrations by Jack Gaughan; 1965) and DAMON KNIGHT The Rithian Terror (1965; cover and frontspiece by Jack Gaughan; 1965; listed as "complete novel")

Note: The subtitle of the Damon Knight collection is not on the spine of this edition.

The Rithian Terror was expanded from the January 1953 Startling Stories version titled "Double Meaning."

Off Center contains five stories that originally appeared in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fantastic Universe, Rogue, Galaxy, and Worlds of If from 1952 to 1964. Contains What Rough Beast, The Second-Class Citizen, Be My Guest, God's Nose, and Catch That Martian. Most of these are not available in any other Knight collection.

M-115 JOHN BRUNNER The Repairmen of Cyclops (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1965) and M-115b JOHN BRUNNER Enigma From Tantalus (cover by John Schoenherr; interior illustrations by Emsh and Jack Gaughan; 1965)

M-117 JACK SHARKEY (aka JOHN MICHAEL SHARKEY) Ultimatum in 2050 A.D. (cover by John Schoenherr; 1965) and M-117b BRUCE W. RONALD Our Man in Space (cover by Ed Valigursky; 1965)

M-121 EMIL PETAJA Alpha Yes, Terra No! (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1965; listed as "first book publication") and M-121b SAMUEL R. DELANY The Ballad of Beta-2 (cover by Ed Valigursky;1965; listed as "complete novel")

The Ballad of Beta-2 was probably one of the reasons that my second and third professions are in archaeology and the history of science. Amazing what we read has what type of influence.

M-123 TED WHITE Android Avenger (cover by Ed Valigursky; 1965; listed as "complete novel") and M-123b JOHN BRUNNER The Altar at Asconel (cover by Gray Morrow; signed lower right; 1965; listed as "first book publication")

This ACE Double volume has two landmarks: It was the last ACE Double cover art by Ed Valigursky until 1973 and it represents the first ACE Double cover by Gray Morrow.

M-125 JACK VANCE (aka JOHN HOLBROOK VANCE) Monsters in Orbit (1965; listed as "first book publication") and M-125b JACK VANCE The World Between and Other Stories (1965; cover by Jack Gaughan)

Note: The subtitle of the Jack Vance collection is not on the spine of this edition. The World Between and Other Stories contains The World Between, The Moon Moth, The Men Return, The Devil on Salvation Bluff, and Brain of the Galaxy.

M-127 JOHN RACKHAM (aka JOHN T. PHILLIFENT) We, The Venusians (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1965) and M-127b FRED SABERHAGEN The Water of Thought (1965; listed as "complete novel")

JOHN T. PHILLIFENT wrote SF from the mid-1950's to the early 1970's, and died in 1976. Most of his work was published under the pen-name "JOHN RACKHAM." He claimed to reserve his best work for publication under his own name, some of those starting to appear in the mid 1960's in Analog (formerly Astounding), and a half-dozen books under his name in the 1970's (including 2 Ace Doubles.) Phillifent followed the inventor of the Ace Double (Donald A. Wollheim) to the new company (DAW Books) he formed in 1972 when he left Ace Books.

M-129 A. BERTRAM CHANDLER The Alternate Martians (cover by Jerome Podwil; 1965; listed as "first book publication") and M-129b A. BERTRAM CHANDLER Empress of Outer Space (cover by Jerome Podwil; 1965; listed as "complete novel")

Interior illustrations in The Alternate Martians and Empress of Outer Space by Jack Gaughan.

M-131 KENNETH BULMER Behold the Stars (1965; listed as "first book publication") and M-131b MACK REYNOLDS Planetary Agent X (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1965; listed as "complete novel")

M-133 A. BERTRAM CHANDLER Space Mercenaries (cover by Gray Morrow and frontspiece illustration by Jack Gaughan; 1965; listed as "complete novel") and M-133b EMIL PETAJA The Caves of Mars (cover by Alex Schomburg and frontspiece illustration by Jack Gaughan; 1965; listed as "first book publication")

The Caves of Mars represents the only ACE Double cover done by Alex Schomburg.

M-135 PHILIP E. HIGH The Mad Metropolis (cover and interior illustration by Jack Gaughan; 1966; listed as "complete novel") and MURRAY LEINSTER (aka WILL F. JENKINS) Space Captain (cover by Gray Morrow; 1966; listed as "first book publication")

PHILIP EMPSON HIGH was an English science fiction author. Born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire on 28 April 1914 his writing career spanned over 50 years before his death in Canterbury, Kent on 9 August, 2006.

M-139 SAMUEL R.DELANY Empire Star (cover by Jack Gaughan;1966; listed as "complete novel") and M-139b TOM PURDOM The Tree Lord of Imeten (cover by John Schoenherr; 1966; listed as "first book publication")

M141 JACK VANCE (aka JOHN HOLBROOK VANCE) The Brains of Earth (cover by Jack Gaughan - unaccredited; 1966; listed as "first book publication") and M141b JACK VANCE The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1966; listed as "first book publication")

The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph is a collection of related stories from 1948 to 1952. The Unspeakable McInch, The Howling Bounders, The King of Thieves, The Spa of the Stars, Coup de Grace, and The Kokod Warriors.


M-141was released March 1965 and is the last of the M-series. The G-series starts with G-574 on April 1965

Last Update 26 April 2016

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