Unorthodox Engineers

The Unorthodox Engineers were the subject of a series of science fiction short stories by Colin Kapp. They were a misfit bunch of engineers who solved problems of alien technology/weird planets in the future. The stories had a very large grain-of-salt-type humor.

They were commanded by maverick engineer Fritz van Noon and included, amongst others, a convicted bank robber as quartermaster (on the entirely-sound grounds that he was likely to be the most capable person for the job).

The Unorthodox Engineers originally appeared in various British SF magazines:

  • "The Railways Up on Cannis" (New Worlds October, 1959)
  • "The Subways of Tazoo" (New Writings in SF 3)
  • "The Pen and the Dark" (New Writings in SF 8)
  • "Getaway from Getawehi" (New Writings in SF 16)
  • "The Black Hole of Negrav" (New Writings in SF 25).

Dobson Books published a collection of the stories as The Unorthodox Engineers {ISBN 0-234-72072-7} in November 1979.

The short story "The Pen and the Dark" was adapted into a text-based computer adventure game by Keith Campbell, with text by Colin Kapp. It was published in 1984 by Mosaic Software.

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... from Getawehi" (1969) "The Black Hole of Negrav" (1975) Collected in The Unorthodox Engineers (1979) ...