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Nigel Kneale

The Quatermass Experiment

Quartermass: Book 1

Nigel Kneale

The first manned space-rocket plummets back to earth long overdue. Professor Quatermass and his team from the British Experimental Rocket Group wait anxiously for the crew to emerge. But only one man is left aboard - a man too shocked to tell what happened to his colleagues. It is the beginning of a reign of terror which will hold London in its merciless grip - and threaten the entire world!

Quatermass II

Quartermass: Book 2

Nigel Kneale

For some time, Professor Quatermass has been aware that a series of inexplicable events are the subject of a Whitehall cover-up. Reports of UFO sightings have been suppressed; no explanation has been given for the extraordinarily high incidence of meteorite strikes on the earth; and an entire village has been razed to the ground to make way for a clandestine Government project. Quatermass determines to penetrate the web of secrecy - and is soon involved in a desperate race to preserve life on earth.

Quatermass and the Pit

Quartermass: Book 3

Nigel Kneale

Hobbs Lane, in central London, has been the scene of mysterious incidents for centuries past. Stories of hauntings and of strange apparitions abound... and now an excavation crew have discovered parts of the skeleton that contradict all previous theories of Man's ancestry.

Professor Quatermass is in London for top-level talks on a military project for the furtherance of space war - an enterprise to which Quatermass is violently opposed. But his attention is drawn away from the battle with officialdom, when the Hobbs Lane site yields an even more startling find - a vast rocket made of metal unknown to science. And soon after that, the terror begins...


Quartermass: Book 4

Nigel Kneale

Quatermass, now living in retirement, travels to London to find his missing granddaughter, which leads him on a chase through the blighted urban decay of London. Two spacecraft are destroyed by an unknown force. Quatermass belives his grandaughter is involved with the "Planet People" a group of neo-hippies who travel to neolithic sites, who are in search of an off world paradise. Quatermass follows this group to a stone circle megalith where they vanish in a burst of white light.

The Planet People's leader feels they have been transported off-planet, but Quatermass believes they have been reduced to the dust he found on site. A survivor is found and Quatermass takes her to London. Thousands of young people have disappeared in similar incidents all over the world. Quatermass believes there is a connection between the disappearances and a decline in society. He and his party are attacked in London. A large number of Planet People converge on a radio telescope. The lightening strikes Kapp's home and his family is gone.

Quatemass is rescued. In Hospital, the survivor levitates off her bed and explodes in a shower of dust. More and more people are drawn to the megalithic sites. Quatermass theorises that this has happened before at these sites, which are markers for an alien force. The Americans and Russians send a space shuttle into orbit to contact the spherical force around Earth. Quatermass believes the force is a machine constructed to harvest Human protein. Tens of thousands gather at Wembly Stadium where the lightening strikes.

Quatermass emerges from the underground car-park to an empty Wembly Stadium. He then travels to Moscow where he assembles a team of older people (who are immune to the effects of the alien force) to find a solution. Quatermass sets a trap with a nuclear weapon. When the Planet People gather in suffcient quantity, Quatermass detonates the devise to send a message to the harvesters: do not come back. Which, later on, seems to have worked.

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