LASER BOOKS
   Canadian sf imprint initiated in 1975 by Harlequin Books, the US publisher of Mills \& Boon romances, under the editorship of Roger ELWOOD. The books were restricted to a formula which specified a male protagonist,an upbeat ending, no sex or atheism, and a minimum of long words. All Laser Book covers were the work of Frank Kelly FREAS. The series wassuspended early in 1977 after 57 books had appeared. The Laser formula made it unlikely that books of any literary quality would be published, but some were interesting, including K.W. JETER's debut, Seeklight (1975), and Ray NELSON's Blake's Progress (1975; rev vt Timequest 1985 US).
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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