Forgotten 1920s sci-fi novel by Scots author reawakened by students

Date posted

14 May 2016

The debut work by David Lindsay, which follows the adventures of a man from Earth after he awakens in a desert on a distant planet, is set for a surprise revival – thanks to a student project.

A Voyage to Arcturus, which is said to have influenced CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, is to be relaunched by a group of publishing postgraduates. The 1920 novel sold fewer than 600 copies on its release despite now being revered for its combination of fantasy, philosophy and science fiction elements and rated one of the 12 most essential Scottish sci-fi novels of all-time by the Scottish Book Trust.

It has been snapped up for publication after recently falling out of copyright and will be repackaged and promoted to the modern-day generation of sci-fi fans by the all-female team from Edinburgh Napier University.

The nine-strong group of masters students – who will be launch print and e-book versions of the novel in the next few weeks – have been promoting it at publishing fairs, to science fiction groups and via social media campaigns. They have also secured new tributes from leading science-fiction writers Alan Moore and Gary Gibson.

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