The Skylark of Space

The Skylark of Space

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by E. E. "Doc" Smith
     
 

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Petrified with astonishment, Richard Seaton stared after the copper steam-bath upon which he had been electrolyzing his solution of "X," the unknown metal. For as soon as he had removed the beaker the heavy bath had jumped endwise from under his hand as though it were alive. It had flown with terrific speed over the table, smashing apparatus and bottles of chemicals…  See more details below

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Petrified with astonishment, Richard Seaton stared after the copper steam-bath upon which he had been electrolyzing his solution of "X," the unknown metal. For as soon as he had removed the beaker the heavy bath had jumped endwise from under his hand as though it were alive. It had flown with terrific speed over the table, smashing apparatus and bottles of chemicals on its way, and was even now disappearing through the open window. He seized his prism binoculars and focused them upon the flying vessel, a speck in the distance. Through the glass he saw that it did not fall to the ground, but continued on in a straight line, only its rapidly diminishing size showing the enormous velocity with which it was moving. It grew smaller and smaller, and in a few moments disappeared utterly.

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ISBN-13:
2940012453303
Publisher:
Solomon Publishing
Publication date:
04/22/2011
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433,351
File size:
227 KB

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Skylark of Space 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TurboSW More than 1 year ago
Lots of sections simply missing and other sections appear to have been re-written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I probably read this one 40 years ago when I was heavily into SCIFI. It seems childishly simple now but interesting in its own way. Examples - the speculative science is at times all right and at times all wrong but it's cool that doc was more on track than not. The cultural factors - the ozzie and harriet relationships, edging around racial issues -- typical of the days. It was a fun read priced about right. Not sure if I will pickup any other 'lensmen' stories but who knows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all the complaints below:  THIS is the original version that appeared in Analog.  Chapter two is not missing.
Syn71 More than 1 year ago
This is the same as all the other available ebooks of this title sold here, ABRIDGED! This does not feel like smith's work and it's noticeable within the first couple pages not to mention the great big missing parts of the story. This is no blinding flash or deafening report "doctah". The sentance in the very beginning where his "colored" helper calls him "doctah" was a red flag right there and there quickly became a whole bunch of red flags till I could read no more. I personally do not like reading a book that is so different from the original work. Every author has a flavor to their writing and the flavor of this ebook is not E.E. Doc Smith, sorry.
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Chapter 2 is missing !
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Full of fast paced action and heroic situations where the good guys save the day-complete with a happy ending! I've read this, as well as the remainder of the series, at least ten times over the last 40 years and the last reading was as good, and as much fun, as the first. I'm looking forward to the next reading, soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'Skylark of Space' was first published in the late 1920's, and was followed by 'Skylark Three', 'Skylark of Valeron' and last but not least, 'Skylark DuQuesne'. Classic space opera, all four of them, and for me, just having re-read them, they hold up surprisingly well. The concepts are awesome, and give the reader lots to think about. We have a LOOONG way to go, however, before reality catches up to Doc Smith. In the meantime, read and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first great space opera, and still one of the most fun! If you like heroic scientists inventing whole new technologies on a few minutes notice, bold spaceships, dastardly grotesque aliens, spacewrecks, and Blackie DuQuesne (still one of SF's greatest villains), then you will love The Skylark of Space! Ignore science, forget common sense, and don't go looking for character development. Just have a fun read!
Richard Kobel More than 1 year ago
None of the editions of this marvelous read is the one that was published in 1958. This is the edition that was specially revised by the author. An entire section was missing between the first one or two pages of chapter one, and when "Steel Becomes Interested", chapter two. This is why the earlier editions as published in the Science Fiction magazine "Analog" never made it into print by Pyramid Books. No doubt, the Chief Editor sent these 'rough' manuscripts back as needing more work. I'm surprised that heirs of E.E. Smith didn't know that.