Peter Elson. One of my favourites. It has echoes of 2001 A Space Odyssey, Space 1999 and even Battlestar Galactica. From Great Space Battles (Stewart Crowley & Charles Herridge, 1979)
I'm going to sing you a song Hal. Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two? Oh, the Candy Man can. The Candy Man can cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.