Editor’s Notes for the Resurrected Press publication H.B. Fyfe Resurrected, The Works of Horace Brown Fyfe:
The Golden Age of Science Fiction certainly had its superstars; Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein. There also were the professional full time authors such as Anderson, Lieber, Sturgeon and others with careers spanning decades and who wrote dozens of novels and hundreds of short stories. But there were others, less well known, who wrote for shorter periods of time, and whose body of work consists of a dozen or so short stories and a novel or two. These days, their work is nearly forgotten, available only in paperbacks long out of print or magazines found in second hand stores. Horace B. Fyfe (1918-1997) is one of these.
My first exposure to Fyfe’s work was the book D-99. At the time my access to science fiction was the racks next to the magazines in grocery and drug stores, racks that might include a dozen science fiction books at any one time. My personal collection of books was pretty limited and so each new purchase made a big impression, but “D-99″ with its yellow cover and the picture of goofy looking green aliens carrying a pair of humans on stretchers certainly held my attention. The novel, itself, about a secret agency whose purpose was to rescue humans who had fallen afoul of local laws or customs on alien worlds, was engaging. This was in the Cold War era when shows like The Man from Uncle, Secret Agent and the Prisoner were playing on TV, so the concept fit the times.
But it was a good book. The four intertwined stories of captive humans were inventive and well told. In the forty odd years since I first bought D-99 I’ve pulled it out every decade or so to reread it, which is more than I can say for many of the books in my now much larger collection.
In addition to D-99, Fyfe wrote a number of stories over the span of little more than a decade. Resurrected Press has collected as many of them as possible to include in this volume. They are certainly worth reading and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
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