Right now as you read this there is a kid somewhere playing a video game excessively while her parents lament her future and the future of mankind. My advice to the worrying parents? Calm down, the kids will be OK. How do I know? Well every generation have had their pastimes that their elders felt would be the ruin of the world. Thirty plus years ago, Martin Amis, who would go on to be an award-winning author, put his misspent youth at the arcade (as in colossal waste of time) into the brilliant Invasion of the Space Invaders: An Addict’s Guide to Battle Tactics, Big Scores and the Best Machines.

About Invasion of the Space Invaders by Martin Amis:

“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.”

Now available in a new reprint edition, Invasion of the Space Invaders is an entertaining time capsule of a time gone by while being a harbinger of our evolving popular culture, and is great fun to read to boot.

Invasion of the Space Invaders by Martin Amis is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.