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The Other Side of Here

The Other Side of Here is an early science fiction novel by Murray Leinster, first published as a five-part Astounding Stories serial in 1936, under the title "The Incredible Invasion". It was first published in book form, in a "thorough revision",[1] as one side of an Ace Double, in 1955. While no further American editions have been issued, the novel has been translated into Italian (L'altra dimensione, 1955), Spanish (Ataque desde la Cuarta Dimensión, 1956), French (L'autre côté du monde, 1958) and German (Invasion aus einer anderen Welt, 1959).[2] The novels tells the story of "an invasion from the fourth dimension", foiled by an insurrection against the invaders' home government.[3]

The Other Side of Here
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Cover of the first edition
AuthorMurray Leinster
IllustratorStanley Meltzoff
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction novel
PublisherAce Books
Publication date
1955
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages134
OCLC1943211

ReceptionEdit

Groff Conklin praised Other Side on its 1956 publication, as "a vivid, galloping melodrama based on his favorite theme of alternate worlds".[4] P. Schuyler Miller's review was more tepid, saying "It would have been great stuff twenty years ago; it's merely smooth stuff now."[5] Anthony Boucher dismissed the novel as "for completists only".[6]

E. F. Bleiler wrote that the novel, in its original form as The Incredible Invasion, was "Good in [the] beginning, but the perpetual chase and backtracking lose conviction after a time. The characterizations are not as strong as is usual with Leinster. . . All in all, not worth reading except as a period piece.[3] Academic critic David Seed praised Leinster for "cleverly the ambiguous role of the media in selectively reporting the news and also in juggling the popular interpretations of the invasion".[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Richard Bleiler, Science fiction writers, Scribners, 1999, pp.459-51
  2. ^ "Bibliography: The Other Side of Here | ISFDB publishing history". isfdb.org. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  3. ^ a b Everett F. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years, Kent State University Press, 1998, pp.248-49
  4. ^ "Galaxy Bookshelf", Galaxy, July 1955, pp.90-91.
  5. ^ "The Reference Library", Analog, August 1955, p.147
  6. ^ "Books", F&SF, May 1955, p.72
  7. ^ "Constructing America's enemies: the invasions of the USA". Free Online Library. Retrieved 2015-08-24.