The Skylark of Space

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  • Title: The Skylark of Space
  • Author: E.E. "Doc" Smith
  • ISBN: 9780586039496
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Not recommended for: people without a sense of humour.The Skylark of Space is undoubtedly one of the most important novels in the history of SF - as 'the first space opera', it and and the author's later novels (Skylark was his debut work) held, alongside predecesors like Verne, Wells and Burroughs, an immense influence over at least one generation of writers. This is what inspired the authors of the Golden Age to write; and this is also what the authors of the Golden Age tried to do better than [...]

    2. After going through the Lensman series, I figured I should read one of the earliest things E.E. "Doc" "Fella" "Bachelor's" "Master's" "Community College Degree" Smith wrote in his career. It was a little rough.The overall plot's some enjoyable silliness about a chemist stumbling into how to unlock the atomic energy of copper and convert it into drive energy, so of course he works with an industrialist buddy to build a spaceship (the Skylark, natch). However, evil rival chemist and cohorts build [...]

    3. I'd always wanted to read this series (actually, I want to also read the Lensman series) and finally got around to the first book in it.People say E.E. Smith "invented" what we now call space opera, and boy, I'm here to tell you those people are right. The Skylark of Space reads like a comic strip or an old Flash Gordon serial. It is rollicking fun and action, but there is a caveat:You have to disengage virtually all of your upper-division college memories. You know the ones--the ones that tell [...]

    4. I appreciate what E.E. "Doc" Smith's novel The Skylark of Space did for the science fiction genre. It's widely considered the first space opera novel and the influence it had on future works is quite apparent. This book mentions or hints at jet packs, light speed, and tractor beams, all of which play a prominent role in the extremely successful Star Wars franchise. There's even a case involved that I would consider Stockholm Syndrome which is a concept that wouldn't emerge until decades later. H [...]

    5. I'm really torn on this book. Obviously this book was written almost 100 years ago and because of that there was a certain level of non modernism in the book. Clearly the science is greatly outdated and some of these thoughts on species or sex are updated as well. But that's not really what bothers me with the book. There's a portion in the second half near the middle where the book kind of turns into a romance and goes on and on about the marriage and seriousness of the marriage and I think the [...]

    6. Storyline: 1/5Characters: 2/5Writing Style: 2/5World: 2/5This pulp science fiction novel begins with our Ph.D. wielding protagonist applying mysterious metallic solutions haphazardly to objects to see what happens. Really I'm serious It is in the first sentence, and the mystery metal is called - I kid you not - "X". Still, I was prepared for some old school science and outlandish technological discoveries (and it was 1928, so allowances must be made). I was ready and even looking forward to seei [...]

    7. Written almost one hundred years ago, and first published in 1928, the Skylark of Space is one of the great pioneering works of science fiction. Although it is clearly a book "of its time" -- the writing is very stilted by today's standards, and the racial stereotypes and attitudes expressed simply wouldn't be tolerated now -- it boasts a number of clear and significant firsts:* It was the first book to deal with the exploration of the stars rather than just the local solar system * It was the f [...]

    8. This was Dr. Smith's first book and is still a good read even after eighty-seven years. It starts off with a bang (literally) and proceeds from there. Our hero makes a discovery that allows for space travel and proceeds to go out into the great beyond with his best friend (who is rich and also a great inventor). They are in pursuit of Dr. Seaton's (our scientist) fiancee who has been kidnapped by the ostensible villain of the piece. Dr. DuQuesne (the villain) is in his own right an interesting c [...]

    9. The grandest space opera in the entire genre of one man against the universe: in which the hero Dick Seaton and his side-kick Martin Crane employ a newly discovered inertialess drive and set out in pursuit of the series' villain (and its ultimate savior) 'Blackie' DuQuesne who has stolen the secret and kidnapped Seaton's girlfriend.Over the course of four novels, Seaton and Crane use their inspired intellects and numerous alien artifices to overcome the various opponents and complications they e [...]

    10. I'm listening to Uvula Audio's fine reading as this comes out in weekly installments.Still not a fan of E.E. Doc Smith. However, I AM a fan of Uvula Audio so I'm not sorry for taking the time to listen to the book.

    11. I listened to this from Librivox while commuting back and forth from work. The narrator was not great. His reading was stiff and I didn't care for how he pronounced some words. That said, it wasn't hard to get used to and he conveyed the story well enough. First off, this is apparently the very first "space opera" and written while Elmer Smith was working on his doctorate between 1915 and 1922. That's a book that was started over 100 years before I listened to it. The portrayals of women and min [...]

    12. After reading 'Skylark' there is little doubt in my mind that this is one of the two most influential science fiction books of the 20th century (the other being Olaf Stapledon's 'Last and First Men' (1930)).To enjoy this book, first conceived by the author in 1915, you need to set aside modern social sensibilities, and be forgiving with regard to the science. It must also be said that the writing lacks sophistication. It's raw pulp adventure with impossibly perfect heroes, beautiful but gutsy he [...]

    13. This book is “very old” science fiction. It was written between 1915 and finished in 1920. The primary characters are Richard (Dicky) Seaton, Martin R. Crain, Dorothy Vaneman (Dottie) ( Seaton's fiancee), and Margaret. Seaton works in a lab near Washington, DC, and accidentally discovers a power source that makes anything we have today obsolete. He tries to duplicate his experiment with friends watching, and fails. His friends feel he must be taking “dope,” to make such a claim. He think [...]

    14. Curiously, my 1946 edition contains a foreword, an explanation that the author is aware that his extrapolations to physics may be unsound. And later is a conversion table from Osnomian time units to Earthly units.The Skylark series is pure escalation. Each book is a neat obsolesence of the previous, where a new threat appears that is an entire order of magnitude greater, that requires the development of an entirely new field of science building upon the last, that results in a technological and [...]

    15. In an age when soldiers were the epitome of the American ideal, and the geek subculture had the additional heroes in scientists, enter Seaton who is a bit of both. Up the ante with a rich a sidekick with unlimited money. Finally add to the equation a talented and beautiful damsel and a further damsel in distress and finally a boldly evil bad guy and it's a recipe for naive fun. All's well as long as the heroes are on the job, nothing could possibly go wrong, and it doesn't. Or at least if it doe [...]

    16. Original Space Opera by the man who really introduced me to SF. I recently bought a full copy of this series on eBay; in exactly the same covers that I bought in 1974! It was with great pleasure that I read them again.It's true that Book One and Two are the better of the four, that the style of writing is somewhat dated and the charcters stereotyped, however that was the way they were written then.I think that these would be YA now, and maybe are not even sophisticated enough for that. They woul [...]

    17. Pulpy Space opera GoodnessThe good guys are good beyond belief, the bad guys help out sometimes tooBut these remind me SO much of the old flash gordon, Matinee at the Bijou kinda stuff I cant help but LOVE them

    18. It is a long time since I read this, but it definitely belongs at the top of any space opera list. This was the original of the species, biblical in scale and very enjoyable. It would be interesting to revisit this and see if it was the thundering read I found it to be when I was 19.

    19. Fascinating!I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though science fiction is not at all my genre. Imagine having read it in 1928 when the book first came out! A real page turner!

    20. A humble scientist's world is turned upside down when he discovers a rare and unknown chemical. This chemical is very potent and useful. Just a little bit can destroy an entire village. The chemical can also help build incredible ships to send people into space at incredible speeds! Sadly, a crooked company has caught wind of the discovery and will stop it at nothing to steal the chemical and take credit for its discovery for themselves. I really enjoyed this book. It was very witty and clever. [...]

    21. La prima parte (primo romanzo del ciclo) è molto interessante: anche se è una fantascienza degli anni '30 piuttosto ingenua (basta vedere come ogni problema si risolve subito con una nuova e veloce invenzione dello scienziato Seaton, dalla costruzione di una nave spaziale capace di arrivare in un altro sistema solare in brevissimo tempo ad altri ritrovati quasi magici) è però godibile come avventura spaziale, per i contatti con le altre razze aliene, le guerre e i patti di amicizia, non per [...]

    22. Something must have been in the water when they were preparing the August, 1928 issue of Amazing Stories because that issue has both the first installment of "The Skylark of Space", and the first "Buck Rogers" novel, "Armageddon 2419 A.D."Skylark is the first "space opera" novel with a crew flying around the universe, stopping at different planets, and encountering different life forms. This book is jam packed. There's everything from industrial espionage, kidnapping and murder to being lost in [...]

    23. Golden and great oldieFirst of four Skylark books. Space opera by a master of sci-fi from the heyday of the genre. Spaceships, interstellar travel, new planets, people, culture and dangers from humans, space and aliens. A book, series and author I return to time after time. Terrific stuff.

    24. This book is old and dated but the story was engaging, funny, imaginative and fascinating. Considered one of the foundational sparks that kicked off the imaginations of future generations of scifi writers, it is also a rollicking read. Highly recommended to anyone interested in early 20th century scifi.

    25. ‘Brilliant government scientist Richard Seaton discovers a remarkable faster-than-light fuel that will power his interstellar spaceship, The Skylark. His ruthless rival, Marc DuQuesne, and the sinister World Steel Corporation will do anything to get their hands on the fuel. They kidnap Seaton’s fiancée and friends, unleashing a furious pursuit and igniting a burning desire for revenge that will propel The Skylark across the galaxy and back.The Skylark of Space is the first and one of the be [...]

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