Kemlo and the Zones of Silence

By E C Eliott (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1954 by Nelson
Illustrated by R J Jobson
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First edition dustwrapper
by R J Jobson
Nelson 1954
Kemlo and Krillie, together with Krillie's sister Krinsetta, set out for a visit to S Belt in Kemlo's space scooter. They are attacked by three boys from S Belt, who kidnap Krinsetta. Kemlo gives chase, and both his and the other craft are forced down, off course, on to the Zones of Silence, part of a large area known as the Dead World where the slightest whisper is magnified into a roar . . .
The inhabitants of the Zones have no audible form of speech, but use instead a highly developed system of thought transference. These creatures are friendly, but too friendly: they attempt to drug the minds of visitors with thought impulses compelling them to stay on the Zones. Kemlo is able to resist this powerful impulse, but . . .

First Edition:
Nelson 1954:
Hardback with dustwrapper; blue boards with black blocking; logos on spine and front board; 136x193mm; 201 pages; illustrated by R J Jobson; colour frontispiece and six black and white line illustrations in the text; cover not credited but presumably by Jobson; cover price 5/- net.

Other Editions:

Nelson Junior 1960:
Paperback edition; cover price 2/6.

Foreign Editions:

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Norwegian edition
Stabenfeldt 1955
Stabenfeldt Forlag, Norway, 1955:

Published as Kemlo og den tause sone

Small hardback edition with pictorial card boards; artwork not credited but based on the original artwork; 130x182 mm; 140 pages; six black and white text illustrations by R J Jobson; translation by Victor Prestholm.

De Sleutel, Holland, 1957
Published as Kemlo, eilanden der stilte; 185 pages.

Ediciones Cedro, Barcelona, 1958:
Paperback edition as Zonas di Silencio. Kemlo; 167pp; illustrated by RJ Jobson; 5x11 inches.

B Wahlström, Sweden, 1959:

Published as Kemlo vilse i rymden; 186 pages.
Small hardback edition with pictorial card boards; 125x177 mm; 186 pages; no illustrations; translation by Sven-Eric Ohlsson; cover art not credited; cover price 3.85 SEK.

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Swedish edition
B Wahlström 1959


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