- Series: Skylark (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Pyramid; 7th edition (1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515031607
- ISBN-13: 978-0515031607
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,773,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Skylark Three (Pyramid SF, N3160) Mass Market Paperback – 1973
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and, oddly enough, turn out to vastly superior to any of the other creatures in this big, dark universe. They whup the goobers out of beings of pure intellect, millions of years old (out of pre-emptive self-defense). They beat the tar out of beings from a higher dimension who, for some peculiar reason, seem to fall apart pretty easily (but spare the poor innocent shark). They send scurrying the evil green beings - Our Kind aren't green, you know. They are cast adrift in the infinite darkness of space. Good thing it's not a very big infinity, and it turns out to be full of people like Seaton and Crane (Anglo faces, pretty much, and they keep their women-folk invisibly tucked away somewhere), in desperate battle against the lesser races of the universe.
It's big, it's bold, and it's a 1930s view of women, race, and unbridled technological optimism. They guy in the white hat (white guy in a white hat, one may assume) creates new laws of nature almost as often as he violates the old ones. They're peaceable folks, and they'll bring your your star system down around your pseudopods if you say otherwise.
Lots of people will find this stuff thoroughly offensive. Fine. It wasn't written to offend, it was written for the sensibilities of a different era. If you can take it in the spirit it was meant, it's wonderful, swashbuckling space adventure, as devoid of reason and physical plausibility as it is of political rectitude.
Personally, I liked "Skylark" better than Smith's other top series ("Lensmen") because it was just plain more darned fun, less pretentious, more focussed on heroic heroes and dastardly villans, and didn't reach so much to cosmic concepts.
In both series, Smith tries to top his previous book with even greater heroics (last time we blew up a planet, so this time we'll blow up a star and next time a galaxy!) This can lead to problems in the later volumes as he runs out of superlatives ... but have no fear! In "Valeron" Smith tries adding the FOURTH dimension to play in (which makes his one-dimension characters two-dimensional, almost.) It ends up being a lot of fun.
Don't read this expecting anything as deep as, say, "Star Wars" <g> but do have a good time!
(But I STRONGLY suggest reading the other books in the series first, starting with "The Skylark of Space" because the background will help.)
I don't know - the very first SF book I ever read was Skylark 3 (bought it at Woolco in Dover DE in probably 1972/73, maybe? anyway) so I'm a sucker for Doc's "style" anyway (and now you know why I'm not a published writer either - oh, wait, I am - but just boring programming books ;)).
Anyway - I'd have to recommend this book for anybody that likes blowing up planets and stopping time and ethereal omnipotent 6th dimension entities or just a really cool book that'll take you away from the troubles of the day.
So buy it already!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I the the Skylark series as a youth and still have an original copy of Skylark of Valeron in my possession. Back then a paperback like this cost 40 cents! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan W. Owen
I thoroughly enjoy these books not so much on the stories which are entertaining but on the "technology" they use much of which is very common now.Published 11 months ago by Maddog
This is the third time I've begun reading this series again. I lost all my copies over the years while moving around duty stations. Excellent series of sci fi books!Published 13 months ago by Tad Stks
The listing for this book may be somewhat misleading.
This book IS NOT Skylark 3... "Skylark of Valeron" is the third book in the Skylark series by E. Read more
This is possibly the best volume of the Skylark series, which is classic space opera. The hero is an engineer / scientist / inventor who accidentally discovers an element which... Read morePublished 15 months ago by AJR
E.E.Doc Smith had one of the best imaginations of him time. I read this series probably 30 years ago, and am as amazed now as I was then.Published 15 months ago by Henry W. Hudson