Re: Children's scifi and fantasy: an appeal to your collective memory
Hmm.... I seem to be lucky in my searches today. I've searched for books fitting these descriptions in the past, but today I am finding titles that could be the correct ones. The science fiction story I remember reading might actually be a Dutch one: "Schakelfout" by Henk van Kerkwijk (1970).
Now all I want is to warn earth: watch Farscape... and share the wonders I've seen.
It's Tolkien, not Tolkein.