Riders to the Stars

Riders to the Stars

by Curt Siodmak

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Three men, each driven by secret reasons, volunteered to take the strangest trip since the beginning of time:

GORDON—filled with a need for power, enough power to wipe out the memory of an earlier terrible shame.

LOCKWOOD—to whom life was worth very little without Susan—maybe it was worth nothing at all.

STANTON—a man haunted by the knowledge that a special and mysterious fate awaited him.

Behind them were their pasts. Ahead of them—infinity.

In this different and suspense-filled novel, the author of Donovan’s Brain tells the story of a strange quest whose outcome might mean the difference between survival and extinction for mankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787203129
Publisher: Hauraki Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 111
Sales rank: 990,758
File size: 961 KB

About the Author

Curt Siodmak (August 10, 1902 - 2 September 2000) was a German-American novelist and screenwriter. He established himself in Hollywood with horror and science fiction films, most notably The Wolf Man (1941) and Donovan’s Brain (1953), which was adapted from his bestselling novel of the same name, first published in 1942.

Born in Dresden, Germany to Jewish parents, Siodmak earned a degree in mathematics before turning to writing novels. He invested early royalties earned by his first books in the movie Menschen am Sonntag (1929), a documentary-style chronicle of the lives of four Berliners on a Sunday based on their own lives. The movie was co-directed by Siodmak’s older brother, noir director Robert Siodmak.

In the following years, Curt Siodmak wrote many novels, screenplays, and short stories, including the novel F.P.1 antwortet nicht (F.P.1 Doesn’t Answer) (1932), which was adapted into a film featuring Hans Albers and Peter Lorre.

He decided to emigrate after hearing an anti-Semitic tirade by the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and departed for England, where he made a living as a screenwriter, before moving to the United States in 1937. His big break in Hollywood came with the screenplay for The Wolf Man (1941), starring Lon Chaney, Jr., which established this fictional creature as the most popular movie monster after Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster. In the film, Siodmak created several werewolf “legends”, including being marked by a pentagram and being practically immortal apart from being struck/shot by silver implements/bullets.

He won the Berlinale Camera at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival in 1998.

Siodmak died in California in 2000 at the age of 98.

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