The Peony was a poor despised one-man tug rocket, yet she confounded every great technical mind between Earth and Mars. Haunted? Jinxed? Bedeviled? Ask Professor Hendersonthe Peony's last passenger.--intro.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bryan Berry was a well known name amongst science fiction fans back in the early 1950s. He appeared at science fiction conventions and even contributed to fanzines. More than this, he was a writer of great potential. Editor H. J. Campbell, who published the bulk of his work, wrote of Berry's novel Born in Captivity, "Bryan Berry inevitably attempts to get away from the traditional gadgetry in order to present the more human and emotional side of life in whatever nature of space and time he is describing it has never been quite so much in evidence as in this present novel, which is essentially a human story and not an elaborate scientific essay so often found masquerading under the title of Science Fiction."
Berry was a better than average author learning his craft in the paperback market yet already capable of selling to the American pulps of the time, where a number of his novels were reprinted; in fact, Berry was so annoyed by this (since he received no extra money) he approached the editor of 2 Complete Science-Adventure Novels, Jerome Bixby, who promptly accepted three stories which were all published in the same issue of Planet Stories. Had he lived, one imagines he would have followed in the footsteps of E. C. Tubb and Kenneth Bulmer, although his literary ambitions also ran to poetry, factual articles and criticism. By 1952, Berry was also collaborating with one of the editors of Nature on a series of educational film-strips devoted to such diverse subjects as mythology, paleontology, zoology, general science, history and anthropology.