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 and anthologies:
- "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).
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 Publishing with the packaging for the game including a book copy of the original story.
- Stableford, Brian M. (2006). Science fact and science fiction: an encyclopedia. CRC Press. p. 156. ISBN 0-415-97460-7.
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