This is one of the most energetic books I have read. Yes, it is
pure pulp fiction in the non-Quentin Terantino sense of the word,
but it was a powerful page turner. Every page was super-charged,
and every chapter left you wanting more
E. E. Doc Smith is one of the giants of SF, and one of its
greatest popularizers. He doesnt have the finesse that Asimov of
Heinlein. He doesnt have the aura of humor of Niven. Docs strength
is his raw energy. This book is like watching Yodas fight with
Count Dooku at double-time. He overwhelms at times...
Another one of Docs strength is his mixture of science and
gadgets. You are immediate placed in a world of sub-ether
communicators, atomic weapons, tractor beams, spacer ships, space
armor, and all the other props associated with old school SF. I now
know where Roddenberry and Lucas got many of their terms and
This tale is layered, and you can actually smell the intrigue
and forces control other forces and nothing is what it seems.
Wheels within wheels and plots within plots within plots. At times
it can be complex.
Sometimes the action runs too fast, and I find myself panting
for the characters. At times it is almost a melodrama, or a
While the dialogue might seem old-fashioned today, the stories
themselves are timeless. What a wonderful experience awaits the new
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