Professor Jameson Space Adventures

 #1    The Planet of the Double Sun  (1967)
#2    The Sunless World  (1967)
#3    Space War  (1967)
 #4    Twin Worlds  (1967)
#5    Doomsday on Ajiat  (1968)

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Japanese Cover Versions

                       

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My Thanks to Hirokazu Kitamura for allowing me to use his cover scans

 

German Cover Version


Extract of an article by Mike Ashley taken from "Amazing Stories" website 

July 1931 Neil R. Jones's "The Jameson Satellite" in "Amazing Stories" 
begins a long series of stories, later collected into 5 books, about a 
frozen astronaut whose brain is transplanted into a robot body ("Zorome")
by aliens. Isaac Asimov later wrote, in "Before the Golden Age: 8 Science Fiction 
Classics of the Thirties" [Fawcett/Doubleday, 1974, paperback, p.80]: "it is 
from the Zoromes... that I got my own feeling for benevolent robots who 
could serve man with decency, as these had served Professor Jameson. It 
was the Zoromes, then, who were the spiritual ancestors of my own 
'positronic' robots', all of them, from Robbie to R. Daneel [[Olivaw]."

Amazing Stories was the first publication dedicated solely to the science
fiction genre. The magazine was founded in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback,
widely acknowledged as the father of science fiction-the genre's
prestigious Hugo Award was named for him.

Jones was good with ideas, but struggled to convert them into stories. He
was not much of a writer, but he was a good storyteller, and he struck
gold with his series about Professor Jameson. The professor had
constructed a spaceship in his old age and planned to launch his body
into space, where it would remain perfectly preserved. Forty million
years later, long after life on Earth had passed away, the space coffin is
found by a benevolent race of space explorers, the Zoromes. They are
also super scientists, and have found a way of preserving their brains in
robot bodies. They revive Jameson and transfer his brain to a robot.
Thereafter he joins them on their exploration of the universe.

The series began with "The Jameson Satellite" (July 1931), and eleven
more stories in the same vein followed in Amazing, concluding with "The
Music Monsters" (April 1938). Jones wrote thirty Jameson stories in all,
including a number in the late sixties that remain unpublished.

In addition, there are 8 uncollected Jameson stories, 6 unpublished stories, plus about another 22 uncollected stories in
other settings. You're on your own trying to find a copy of the books, however. (And for the really
interested, the list of which stories are in the books can be found in "The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
and Fantasy" by Donald H. Tuck. The list of uncollected stories can be found in "Twentieth Century
Science-Fiction Writers (2nd Edition)" by Curtis Smith. Any good library should have a copy of at least
one of them).

There was a belief at the time, as Amazing's circulation began to fall, that
it was the Jameson stories that were keeping the magazine alive. One
little-known fact about the series is that the first story had originally been
submitted to Gernsback at Science Wonder Stories. In that version, the
story consisted of a lot of boring detail about how Jameson planned and
built his space home. Jones boldly ended the story by revealing that the
sequel would be entitled "After 40,000,000 Years." In rejecting the story,
Gernsback gave the sound advice that it should be edited to form the
preface to the sequel.

This Jones did, but, due to his dissatisfaction with the slowness and
amount of Gernsback's payments, he submitted the revised story to
Amazing. Had Gernsback's payment practices been better, he would have
had the classic Jameson series, and one can only speculate what effect
that turn of events might have had on Amazing's circulation.

 

Read - "The Immortal Professor" - an April 1989 article by Mike Ashley in pdf format


Publications

Uncollected Jameson Stories:-

With special thanks to Miro Hetzel, Jim Jones and Patrik Hallberg

The Catmen of Aemt (Astonishing Stories 1940/8) 
Cosmic Derelict (Astonishing Stories 1941/02) 
Slaves of the Unknown (Astonishing Stories 1942/3) 
 Parasite Planet (Super Science Stories 1949/11) 
World without Darkness (Super Science Stories 1950/3) 
The Mind Masters (Super Science Stories 1950/9) 
The Star Killers (Super Science Stories 1951/8)

Exiles from Below (Astro-Adventures #7 1989/4)

 

Unpublished Jameson Stories:-

The Voice across Space
Battle Moon 
The Lost Nation 
The Satellite Sun 
Hidden World 
The Sun Dwellers


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