I have a sci-fi book from the 80's: Purnell's Book of Adventures in Space (ISBN 0361044070).

Many of the stories have kept in my mind for so many years, particularly "The Monsters":

From his bedroom window, Zek watched the great space battle in the skies.

The twist is that

the Monsters are Human Beings

Does anyone know the author's name?

  • That's not much of a twist, now is it?
    – Valorum
    Feb 6, 2016 at 14:57

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My research suggests that the authors of the various stories are Fred Baker, Malcolm Hulke, John Grant, David Meredith, William Hall, Sydney Bounds, George Beal and Jim Storrie.

I've seen multiple sources indicating that the author of the story "The Monsters" was Malcolm Hulke, of Doctor Who fame.

Credit from the front of the book

  • The ISFDB concurs. Seems like a weird question, though. The OP has a copy of the book? The authors are not credited in the book?
    – user14111
    May 17, 2017 at 21:41
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    The credits at the beginning of the book indeed credit Malcom Hulke for that story.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 2, 2021 at 12:19
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    @FuzzyBoots - Can you post a scan or a photo?
    – Valorum
    Mar 2, 2021 at 12:47
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    @valorum Image added
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 2, 2021 at 16:18
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    @FuzzyBoots - Needs more hand-drawn red circles but other than that, cheers for assisting ;-)
    – Valorum
    Mar 2, 2021 at 16:21

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