- Publisher: Hadley Publishing Company; 2nd Edition edition (1947)
- ASIN: B002EZJX4I
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,066,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Skylark of Space Hardcover – 1947
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But what I love about Doc's books is not rooted in irony: the incredible creativity in visualizing advanced technology, fast-forward and entertaining action plots, and the sheer scale of the "build up" within each book and from one book to another.
Technology: Although very quaint by modern standards (especially in "Skylark of Space"), put in context the creativity Doc displays in envisioning future technology is second to none. Not in terms of "accuracy", but in terms of their self-consistency and imaginativeness. Skylark was written pre-television, pre-laser, pre-NASA, and pre-nuke. What Doc built from that base is incredible, entertaining, and fun, viewed from the perspective that even relativity was a comparatively new theory when it was written (Doc obviously knew about it, and chose to ignore it).Read more ›
Okay, that's a joke, but the Star Wars fan-boys get what I mean. I didn't want something revised, with mushroom clouds and television sets. I wanted something written in 1915. I think that's when Smith claimed to have started "Skylark of Space".
Anyway, it's still a fun story, and since it sets you up for "Skylark 3" and "Skylark of Valeron" (both better written and more engaging), it's important reading. I think I'm like a lot of people who read something this old-- I'm trying to fill in the cracks in my understanding of the progression of sci-fi. It's an entertaining history lesson.
I can still glean what the untouched book must have been, but I wish I could actually read the original version. If you can find that one, read it. If you can't, read this one.
***UPDATE*** I've just discovered that Project Gutenberg has the original "Skylark of Space," taken from the 1928 Amazing Stories, available as a FREE html download. It includes the original cover and interior artwork. So what are you waiting for?
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An awful cliff hanger ending which begs for a more positive sequel. The powers of the protagonists became too god-like for credulity.Published 4 months ago by Fausto Molinet
Been reading this series since grade school really enjoy it. Like the way each. Book stands alone yet is part of a series.Published 4 months ago by Grandpa61
he has better books than this - I like most of his work very much.Published 5 months ago by Constance Dady
This book puts forth the message like the following. If you are bad person and have committed major crimes you can go free. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Larry Davis