The Skylark of Space [NOOK Book]

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We know so little about intra-atomic forces, that this story, improbable as it will appear in spots, will read commonplace years hence, when we have atomic engines, and when we have solved the riddle of the atom.You will follow the ...
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We know so little about intra-atomic forces, that this story, improbable as it will appear in spots, will read commonplace years hence, when we have atomic engines, and when we have solved the riddle of the atom.You will follow the hair-raising explorations and strange ventures into far-away worlds with bated breath, and you will be fascinated, as we were, with the strangeness of it all.

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He certainly is clever. I take off my hat to him--he's a wonder!"

"And what is your idea? Where do we come in?"

"You come in by getting that solution away from Seaton and Crane, and furnishing the money to develop the stuff and to build, under my direction, such a power-plant as the world never saw before."

"Why get that particular solution? Couldn't we buy up some platinum wastes and refine them?"

"Not a chance," replied the scientist. "We have refined platinum residues for years, and never found anything like that before. It is my idea that the stuff, whatever it is, was present in some particular lot of platinum in considerable quantities as an impurity. Seaton hasn't all of it there is in the world, of course, but the chance of finding any more of it without knowing exactly what it is or how it reacts is extremely slight. Besides, we must have exclusive control. How could we make any money out of it if Crane operates a rival company and...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014414708
  • Publisher: Sheba Blake Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 194 KB

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

    This copy is definitely abridged.

    Lots of sections simply missing and other sections appear to have been re-written.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    A blast from the past - enjoyably simple read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Disappointed

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2012

    This is the same as all the other available ebooks of this title

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    missing chapters

    Chapter 2 is missing !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    Great Space Opera - Lots of Fun again and again

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2001

    Space Opera of the best kind...

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2001

    The Birth of Space Opera

    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!

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