1934: The Legion Of Space by Jack Williamson
June 21, 2008
A ragtag group of Earthlings display a clear bias towards Earth as they battle a hoard of horribly horrific aliens known as the Medusae. I love ‘30s scifi’s description of facial expressions. Jaws are ‘set stonily’. Eyes ‘twinkle impishly’. And people don’t smile – they only display a ‘grim rictus’. Still, this novel is just plain ol’ scifi fun, with characters getting into more scrapes than a prostitute’s abortionist and a deux ex machina on hand to help them whenever the reality of their predicament seems to be closing in. And if that doesn’t put a grim rictus on your face, I don’t know what will.
On a scale of legion-y things ranging the Legion of Super Heroes to The French Foreign Legion, this book is: the daemon Legion (Mark 5:9).