This Island Earth  
This island earth
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author(s) Raymond F. Jones
Cover artist Robert Johnson
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Shasta Publishers
Publication date 1952
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 220 pp
OCLC Number 62875599

This Island Earth is a 1952 science fiction novel by Raymond F. Jones. It was first published as a serial in Thrilling Wonder Stories magazine. It was the basis for the film This Island Earth.

The story revolves around a race of aliens who, in recruiting humans for a group called "Peace Engineers", are actually using Earth as a pawn in an intergalactic war.


Boucher and McComas found the novel disappointing; after starting "with some fine technological gadgetry," it "becomes ultimately incredible in its galactic wildness (and offensive in its extreme labor-baiting)."[1]

Publication detailsEdit

  • 1952, USA, Shasta Publishers (ISBN NA), pub date ? ? 1952, hardback (op.)
  • 1956, Germany, Pabel, No ISBN, paperback
  • 1991, UK, HarperCollins (ISBN 0-586-09035-5), pub date ? ? 1991, paperback (re-issue)
  • 1999, USA, Pulpless (ISBN 1-58445-051-7), pub date ? ? 1999 paperback (re-issue)


  1. "Recommended Reading," F&SF, May 1953, p.91
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd.. p. 593.