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  • Published: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787331198
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $35.00

Invasion of the Space Invaders

An Addict's Guide to Battle Tactics, Big Scores and the Best Machines


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Back in a facsimile edition is Martin Amis’s closet passion project, first published in 1982: a compulsive gamer’s guide to arcades and beating your younger self’s high score

Back in a facsimile edition is Martin Amis’s closet passion project, first published in 1982: a compulsive gamer’s guide to arcades and beating your younger self’s high score

In this offbeat book, introduced by Stephen Spielberg, acclaimed author Martin Amis explores how 1980s video games took a generation by storm. Delving into the electric atmosphere of the arcades where he misspent his youth, he asks: Why did Space Invaders invade our hearts and minds? How much time, loose change and sex appeal did they cost us? And most importantly, which secret cheats and tactics must we master to reach the next level?

Part cautionary tale, part celebration of a lifelong addiction, this is an essential manual for many a self-confessed cyber geek, computer nerd and joystick junkie.

  • Pub date: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787331198
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of fourteen novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction. He lives in New York.

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Praise for Invasion of the Space Invaders

“[Invasion of the Space Invaders] has remained one of the great literary curios of the 20th century… Like Updike on golf, or Foster Wallace on tennis, Amis approaches video games with an enthusiast’s glee, deploying pleading prose that seeks to illuminate the subject’s hold on the writer.”

Simon Parkin, Observer

“A quirky guide to arcade games from Space Invaders to Gorf.”

Cal Revely-Calder, Daily Telegraph

“There’s plenty of stylistic fizz and flash on show, as always with Amis… he really does, or did, know his video games.”

Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph


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