Dumarest Novels: E. C. Tubb

Posted in SF Dystopia on September 15th, 2010 by Craig

The full list of Dumarest novel titles.*

Dumarest series by E.C. Tubb (Also known as Dumarest of Terra)

1 The Winds Of Gath 1967 (Publisher: ACE)
2 Derai 1968
3 Toyman 1969
4 Kalin 1969
5 The Jester At Scar 1970
6 Lallia 1971
7 Technos 1972
8 Veruchia 1973
9 Mayenne 1973 (Publisher: DAW)
10 Jondelle 1973
11 Zenya 1974
12 Eloise 1975
13 Eye Of The Zodiac 1975
14 Jack Of Swords 1976
15 Spectrum Of A Forgotten Sun 1976
16 Haven Of Darkness 1977
17 Prison Of Night 1977
18 Incident On Ath 1978
19 The Quillian Sector 1978
20 Web Of Sand 1979
21 Iduna’s Universe 1979
22 The Terra Data 1980
23 World Of Promise 1980
24 Nectar Of Heaven 1981
25 The Terridae 1981
26 The Coming Event 1982
27 Earth Is Heaven 1982
28 Melome 1983
29 Angado 1984
30 Symbol Of Terra 1984
31 The Temple Of Truth 1985
32 The Return 1997 (publisher: Gryphon)
33 Child of Earth 2008 (publisher: Homeworld Press)

* (At least two shorts were published by Cosmos books in ‘Fantasy Adventures’: Editor Phil Harbottle.)

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E. C. Tubb: obituary

Posted in SF Utopia on September 13th, 2010 by Craig

Sadly, I learned today that Edwin CharlesĀ  Tubb, the British sf authorĀ  died in his sleep on the 10th September, 2010. Tubb was the author of over 140 novels and 230 short stories and novellas. He was best known for The Dumarest Saga, an epic science-fiction saga set in the far future where mankind has been scattered across the stars and has forgotten his origins.

In 1990 Tubb took time to reply to a letter I had sent containing a tribute magazine with an editorial dedicated to him. In it he gave me some advice about writing

‘I don’t want to be told – I want to be shown.’

This simple statement exemplified his writing style – action packed, uncompromising, terse sentences and stark description. Each novel a roller-coaster that took you from one exciting moment to the next.

Tubb was highly successful as a writer but fell victim to a change of editorial policy on the death of the American editor and publisher Don Wollheimin who had commissioned the Dumarest series. The series was discontinued despite, it seems, popular demand (The French love Tubb). We were very fortunate to see its revival when long time fan, friend and editor Phil Harbottle began to act as Tubb’s agent. I for one am very glad that others could see the dynamic sparkle of Tubb’s talent.

In the same letter. written over twenty years ago to an aspiring young writer, Tubb said ‘losing Dumarest is almost like losing a friend. He’s been with me for a long time.’

I feel the same.

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