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Vintage Treasures: Starwolf by Edmond Hamilton

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Posted by John ONeill

Edmond Hamilton Starwolf-smallLast week, I wrote about a delightful collection of 80′s paperbacks I bought on eBay for just 10 bucks — including John Silbersack’s Buck Rogers novel Rogers’ Rangers, well worth $10 all on its own. Sometimes it’s good when no one else shares your hobbies.

I’m still digging through the remaining 74 volumes and continuing to make marvelous finds. Like the omnibus collection of pulp novels by Edmond Hamilton, gathering together all three volumes in his classic Starwolf trilogy. It contains The Weapon From Beyond (1967), The Closed Worlds (1968), and The World of the Starwolves (1968), all originally published by Ace. That’s a lot of classic space adventure from one of the greatest pulp writers of the 20th Century. Well worth tracking down, if you can find a copy.

The only mercy a Starwolf could expect was death…

Morgan Chane was a Starwolf – a member of the most infamous band of interstellar pirates in the galaxy. He had flown with the raiding packs, rockets screaming, to plunder the rich and slaughter the helpless.

But Morgan Chane was also a Terran, adopted as a child into the Starwolf clan. And when a quarrel erupted, Chane discovered that the Starwolves weighed his alien birth more heavily than all the years of comradeship. Now he is cast out of the clan – and running for his life.

But where, in all the galaxy, can a Starwolf expect to find refuge?

Starwolf was published by Ace Books in October 1982. It is 456 pages, priced at $3.50. It went through multiple printings between 1982 and 1990, but has otherwise never been reprinted. There is no digital edition. The cover is by David Schleinkofer, who was obviously influenced by one too many viewings of Battlestar Galactica.

See all of our recent Vintage Treasures here.

9 Comments »

  1. I LOVE Starwolf. It has everything I love in my SF (well, in any genre really) – adventure; a sense of wonder and alien-ness; and it moves at a good pace while still creating great character dynamics. I have to say, though, I’m not a huge fan of the cover. I think it’s the helmet. The glass section reminds me of a windshield with a wiper moving across it. :)

    Comment by Ilene Kaye - April 3, 2014 7:16 am

  2. I read this book when it came out (I was in high school at the time) and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Comment by westkeith - April 4, 2014 10:26 am

  3. > I LOVE Starwolf. It has everything I love in my SF (well, in any genre really) – adventure; a sense of wonder and alien-ness;
    > and it moves at a good pace while still creating great character dynamics.

    Ilene,

    That’s a fabulous one-sentence review! You should submit it for the contest we announced today, to win a copy of THE COLLECTED EDMOND HAMILTON, VOLUME FOUR.

    > I have to say, though, I’m not a huge fan of the cover. I think it’s the helmet.

    Yeah, I’m with you. It looks like something he painted while watching BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.

    Comment by John ONeill - April 4, 2014 1:00 pm

  4. > I read this book when it came out (I was in high school at the time) and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Keith,

    Did everyone find this on the shelves but me? I managed to totally miss it in high school — and believe me, this is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.

    Comment by John ONeill - April 4, 2014 1:01 pm

  5. John, I find it odd that you missed it. I’ve seen copies around for years in second hand stores, although none recently, and from what I can recall it had fairly good distribution here in Texas.

    Comment by westkeith - April 4, 2014 3:51 pm

  6. […] If you need more inspiration. we recently covered several Edmond Hamilton books — including Starwolf and The Best of Edmond Hamilton — and we reprinted his very first story, “The Monster-God […]

    Pingback by Black Gate » Blog Archive » Win a Copy of The Collected Edmond Hamilton, Volume Four from Haffner Press - April 4, 2014 4:29 pm

  7. Baen Books has all three titles as DRM-free ebooks–

    http://www.baenebooks.com/p-882-starwolves-and-the-interstellar-patrol.aspx

    Comment by mmcshrry - April 5, 2014 9:18 am

  8. […] If you need more inspiration. we recently covered several Edmond Hamilton books — including Starwolf and The Best of Edmond Hamilton — and we reprinted his very first story, “The Monster-God […]

    Pingback by Black Gate » Blog Archive » Last Chance to Win a Copy of The Collected Edmond Hamilton, Volume Four from Haffner Press - April 14, 2014 3:59 pm

  9. […] in the late 60s, we come to Starwolf, three MilSF novels with a hint of Hammer’s Slammers. Apart from the usual problems with […]

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