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Last night I finished reading Michael Bifulco's novel Spaceman Lost, and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book to all fans of George Reeves and the Adventures Of Superman. This thinly disguised biographical novel, successfully recreates the golden days of Hollywood in the 1950s and the TV phenomena that Superman had become. The story was lovingly written from the heart, but also works as a pulp detective mystery. Even so the book is a tribute to the memory of George Reeves. Some passages are comical, but others are often harrowing and heart-breaking. I'm only sorry the book wasn't longer, because I wanted to enjoy more of these characters and their story.
Michael Bifulco shows a real talent for writing fiction, and I hope he continues with another novel in the future. He came up with a solution to the mysterious death of George Reeves, that seems to coincide with Jan Henderson's non-fiction Speeding Bullet. Mr. Bifulco's solution is only slightly embellished from what probably did happen in 1959. He does have plenty of material to draw from for future books as Hollywood is haunted by scores of tragic mysteries. Thanks for offering us this first crack at the novel Spaceman Lost. Also, Randy Garrett's comic book of the screenplay Superman And The Secret Planet gets better and better with each page!
Ralph Schiller (July 25, 2002)
"Like The Only Real Magic -- The Magic Of Knowledge"