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Martin Amis's guide to video games unearthed and revisited

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Martin Amis's long out-of-print history of arcade machines and video games, The Invasion of the Space Invaders, gets a second look.

Invasion of the Space Invaders
Invasion of the Space Invaders

Hidden there, within Martin Amis's long and impressive oeuvre, lies a book that has oddly long been out of print, and which no one really discusses anymore, if they ever really did to begin with, that is. Yes, sandwiched between Other People and Money — two successful novels — is, incredibly, a book terrifically titled Invasion of the Space Invaders. The book, published in 1982 with an introduction by Steven Spielberg, is a non-fiction exploration of the history of arcades and video games. While I have read nearly every book Amis has written, I'll admit (no matter how much it pains me to do so) that I'm not even sure I'd ever heard of the book before this morning.

The book, picked up and reviewed by Mark O'Connell at The Millions, has been seemingly disowned by Amis himself, who doesn't speak about it, and he doesn't really have to, since, as we mentioned, it seems to have been out of print for a very long time. Used copies can be had for a fairly hefty price, one which we have happily, anxiously paid. We'll get back to you once we've read it cover to cover to see if it contains any great gaming insights, the meaning of life... or whatever.