The Forbidden Garden (novel)

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The Forbidden Garden
Forbidden garden.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author John Taine
Illustrator A. J. Donnell
Cover artist A. J. Donnell
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Fantasy Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 278 pp
OCLC 1895266

The Forbidden Garden is a science fiction novel by author John Taine (pseudonym of Eric Temple Bell). It was first published in 1947 by Fantasy Press in an edition of 3,029 copies.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel concerns the search for soil from a remote part of Asia for the cultivation of weird flowers that can destroy humanity.


P. Schuyler Miller reviewed the novel favorably, writing "[Taine] is standing at your elbow, nudging you with evident relish when you come to passages that were fun to write."[1] Thrilling Wonder Stories also received the novel favorably, declaring that the author "proves his right to the semi-legendary eminence he holds for followers of the fantastic presented via plausible pseudo-science", but faulted Taine for weak characterization, saying "His cast of players comprise a collection of stock dramatic types and no more".[2]


  1. ^ "Book Review," Astounding Science Fiction, July 1948, pp.73-75
  2. ^ "Science Fiction Book Review", Thrilling Wonder Stories, February 1948, pp. 110-11
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 235. 
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 36. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.