The Invaders

(United States | ABC | 1967 – 1968)

The Invaders
Series Background

Starring Roy Thinnes as architect David Vincent, The Invaders was a classic example of 1960s sci-fi paranoia.

The opening episode, Beachhead, saw Vincent pulling in at a deserted diner on a lonely back road... only to see a flying saucer. Finding it impossible to prove to the authorities the truth of what he had seen, he subsequently found himself single-handedly fighting an alien plan to take over the Earth, travelling from place to place as he followed up leads on UFO activity.

Luckily for the budget, the aliens were able to take on human form, and this ability was also to mean that Vincent was forever on the back foot, uncertain whether the acquaintances he made were human or not. Worse, the proof he so desperately needed would constantly elude him, as each defeated plot would see the aliens reduced to ash, glowing red before disintegrating, and usually leaving behind just a blackened patch on the ground.

The repetitive nature of the storylines was to be the series' undoing, however, and in an attempt to breath some new life into the concept, the second and final season saw Vincent encountering Edgar Scoville (Kent Smith), a wealthy industrialist who actually believed his outlandish story.

Sadly, the introduction of Scoville and his group of "believers" was unable to halt a slide in the ratings and the series came to an end after 43 episodes.

That wasn't quite the end of the series, however, as a four-hour mini-series, produced for Fox, picked up the story in 1995. This time around, the lead role was to go to Quantum Leap's Scott Bakula, although Roy Thinnes would be called on to make one final appearance as David Vincent.
DVD Releases

The Invaders has been released on DVD in both the UK and the United States, in individual seasons and as a complete box set.

To date, the 1995 mini-series has only been released on VHS.
The Invaders

by
Keith Laumer
Cover image: The Invaders, The Invaders, Pyramid Books (1967)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pyramid Books
Publication Date August 1967
Original Price 50¢
ISBN N/A
Book Number 1

The Invaders is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
The Invaders orbit the earth in flying saucers. Some have already landed. The others are waiting.

The Invaders are merciless, inhuman creatures from a dying planet. They know more about science than we do. They have weapons of incredible power.

The Invaders have already begun to take over. Their scouts have settled among us. Their agents have infiltrated our highest councils.

The Invaders must be stopped! But only one man — David Vincent — even knows they exist!
Other Editions
Cover image: The Invaders, Hayakawa (1967) (The Invaders)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa | 1967
Cover image: Los Invasores, Diana (1968) Los Invasores
Mexico | Paperback | Diana | 1968
Translated by René Cárdenas Barrios.
Cover image: The Invaders, The meteor Men, Corgi (1968) The Invaders: The Meteor Men
UK | Paperback | Corgi | 1968 | 3/6
The author's name on the UK edition is given as Anthony LeBaron.
At this very moment, advance patrols of hostile aliens from a doomed planet are circulating among us, investigating our environment, measuring us for conquest. Who are they? Where are they? Having the facility to assume human form, they go about virtually undetectable. They can be anyone, anywhere...

Cover image: Invasoren der Erde, Moewig (1969) Invasoren der Erde
Germany | Paperback | Moewig | 1969
Cover image: Les Envahisseurs, Danger Non Identifie, Hachette (1972) Les Envahisseurs: Danger Non Identifié
France | Paperback | Hachette | 1972
The Invaders: Enemies from Beyond

by
Keith Laumer
Cover image: The Invaders, Enemies from Beyond, Pyramid Books (1967)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pyramid Books
Publication Date October 1967
Original Price 60¢
ISBN N/A
Book Number 2

Enemies from Beyond is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
THE BOILING SEA

THE SWARMING RATS

THE BUILDINGS ON THE MOON

— mysteries — disasters — eerie phenomena — baffling both the man in the street and world-famed scientists.

One man — David Vincent — knew what they were...the work of

THE INVADERS

from the deeps of space. And Vincent, facing hopeless odds, nerved himself for the lonely, vicious struggle that might save Earth...this time.
Other Editions
Cover image: The Invaders, Enemies from Beyond, Hayakawa (1967) (The Invaders: Enemies from Beyond)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa | 1967
Cover image: Los Invasores, Enemigos Del Mas Alla, Diana (1968) Los Invasores: Enemigos Del Más Allá
Mexico | Paperback | Diana | 1968
Translated by René Cárdenas Barrios.
Cover image: Feinde aus dem Jenseits, Moewig (1969) Feinde aus dem Jenseits
Germany | Paperback | Moewig | 1969
The Invaders: Army of the Undead

by
Rafe Bernard
Cover image: The Invaders, Army of the Undead, Pyramid Books (1967)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Pyramid Books
Publication Date December 1967
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 50¢
Book Number 3

Army of the Undead is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
A CITY GONE MAD

THE ARMY OF THE UNDEAD

THE VALLEY OF FEAR

— only David Vincent knew the ghastly truth they spelled out...the alien invaders from the star-wastes had won their first real beachhead on Earth! Within months they would control the whole unsuspecting planet unless he could find one flaw in their plan. And once again David Vincent pits his human nerve and skill against the super-science and uncanny powers of

THE INVADERS
Other Editions
Cover image: The Invaders, Army of the Undead, Hayakawa (1967) (The Invaders: Army of the Undead)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa | 1967
Cover image: The Invaders, The Halo Highway, Corgi (1967) The Invaders: The Halo Highway
UK | Paperback | Corgi | 1967 | 3/6

At this very moment, advance patrols of hostile aliens from a doomed planet are circulating among us, investigating our environment, measuring us for conquest. Who are they? Where are they? Having the facility to assume human form, they go about virtually undetectable. They can be anyone, anywhere...

Cover image: Los Invasores, La Carretera Maldita, Diana (1969) Los Invasores: La Carretera Maldita
Mexico | Paperback | Diana | 1969
Translated by René Cárdenas Barrios.
Notes
  • Army of the Undead was the third and final book based on The Invaders to be published by Pyramid Books. It was the only one in the series to be written by Rafe Bernard.
The Invaders: Dam of Death

by
Jack Pearl
Cover image: The Invaders, Dam of Death, Whitman (1967)
Country United States
Format Hardback
Publisher Whitman
Publication Date 1967
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN N/A

Dam of Death is an original novel.

Other Editions
Cover image: Invasion von der Wega, Todesstrahlen aus dem Weltall, Schneider (1970) Invasion von der Wega: Todesstrahlen aus dem Weltall
Germany | Hardback | Schneider | 1970
Cover image: Les Envahisseurs, Le Barrage de la Peur, Hachette (1972) Les Envahisseurs: Le Barrage de la Peur
France | Paperback | Hachette | 1972
Notes
The Invaders: The Night of the Trilobites

by
Peter Leslie
Cover image: The Invaders, The Night of the Trilobites, Corgi Books (1968)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Corgi Books
Publication Date 1968
Original Price 3/6
ISBN N/A

The Night of the Trilobites is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
At this very moment, advance patrols of hostile aliens from a doomed planet are circulating among us, investigating our environment, measuring us for conquest. Who are they? Where are they? Having the facility to assume human form, they go about virtually undetectable. They can be anyone, anywhere...
Other Editions
(The Invaders: The Night of the Trilobites)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa | 1968
Cover image: Los Invasores, La Noche de Los Trilobites, Diana (1968) Los Invasores: La Noche de Los Trilobites
Mexico | Paperback | Diana | 1968
Cover image: Os Invasores, Vampiros da Galaxia, Bruguera (1971) Os Invasores: Vampiros da Galaxia
Brazil | Paperback | Bruguera | 1971
Notes
The Invaders: The Autumn Accelerator

by
Peter Leslie
Cover image: The Invaders, The Autumn Accelerator, Corgi Books (1969)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Corgi Books
Publication Date 1968
Original Price 3/6
ISBN N/A

The Autumn Accelerator is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
At this very moment, advance patrols of hostile aliens from a doomed planet are circulating among us, investigating our environment, measuring us for conquest. Who are they? Where are they? Having the facility to assume human form, they go about virtually undetectable. They can be anyone, anywhere...
Other Editions
Cover image: Los Invasores, El Acelerador del Otono Los Invasores: El Acelerador del Otoño
Mexico | Paperback | Diana | 1970
Translated by René Cárdenas Barrios.
Cover image: Os Invasores, Senhores do Tempo, Bruguera (1972) Os Invasores: Senhores do Tempo
Brazil | Paperback | Bruguera | 1972
Senhores do Tempo was the second and final Invaders novel to be published in Brazil. This was the only foreign language edition of The Autumn Accelerator to be released.