Martin Amis: Invasion of the Space Invaders

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Invasion of the Space Invaders (1982) is a nonfiction book in which Martin Amis explores the widespread craze for “space invader” games in video arcades in the early 1980s. A minor but distinctive item in the Amis canon, it usually receives no more than a passing mention, if that, in studies of Amis’s work, but it contains some bravura Amisian prose and a sheaf of cultural insights, and relates to his major 1980s fiction. Now out of print and expensive to buy secondhand, Invasion has a visually striking A4 format, with a brightly-coloured cover like that of a graphic novel and a subtitle that reads: “AN ADDICT’S GUIDE TO BATTLE TACTICS, BIG SCORES AND THE BEST MACHINES” – not a wholly accurate description of t…

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Invasion of the Space Invaders". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 December 2012
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