The Skylark of Space

The Skylark of Space


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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 best space operas ever written. Breezy dialogue, romantic intrigue, fallible heroes, and complicated villains infuse humanity and believability into a conflict of galactic proportions. The Amazing Stories publication of The Skylark of Space in 1928 heralded the debut of a major new voice in American pulp science fiction and ushered in its golden age. Legions of interstellar epics have been written since that time, but none can match the wonder, dazzle, and sheer fun of the original. This commemorative edition features the author's preferred version of the story, the original illustrations by O. G. Estes Jr., and a new introduction by acclaimed science fiction writer Vernor Vinge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803292864
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Series: Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series
Edition description: Commemorat
Pages: 159
Sales rank: 706,493
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

E. E. "Doc" Smith (1890–1965) was a seminal figure in the history of American science fiction. In addition to the influential Skylark series, he is the author of the Lensman series. Vernor Vinge, winner of the Hugo Award, is one of the most respected science fiction writers today. His recent novels include A Fire upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky.

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Skylark of Space 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
TurboSW More than 1 year ago
Lots of sections simply missing and other sections appear to have been re-written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another example of early science fiction that was popular merely because it was the only science fiction. This middle period of science fiction keeps disappointing me. This is after Wells published his greatest works, but before the Golden Age of science fiction. The 1920s with Lovecraft (more horror I know, but he was writing sci-fi), Burroughs and Edward E. Smith is the lowest point of sci-fi in my view. Even ten years later you are getting brilliant works like Brave New World and Out of the Silent Planet.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as much fun as his Lensman series, in my opinion. They're diverting for an afternoon, but I'd recommend the other series.
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book, today, is the equivalent of watching an episode of Mystery Science Theater, with my mind providing the sarcastic commentary. There is a gosh-gee, me smart strong male, you clever beautiful woman feel to this that might be amusing if it was ironic, but read plain it is just laughable. And some of the writing, I have to wonder, "Could Doc Smith have written that without intending it to be a joke?" Such as when Seaton is inside his spaceship, the Skylark, and puts his hand on the cental support beam inside it: "Resting one hand caressingly upon the huge member..." Maybe this wasn't a double entendre back in the day, but it just screams phallic symbol now. When you get towards the end of the book, you also have to contend with Seaton's seeming affability about murdering strangers on a whim (it just feels right to him), and his admiration of a race that not only kills their own weak, but anyone they perceive to be lesser than them, on their way to becoming closer to god. This is eerily prescient, coming a little more than a decade before World War II, and is just creepy to read in hindsight.Finally, if I never hear the phrase, "You're a blinding flash and a deafening report" again, it will be none too soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all the complaints below:  THIS is the original version that appeared in Analog.  Chapter two is not missing.
Syn71 More than 1 year ago
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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Chapter 2 is missing !
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Richard Kobel More than 1 year ago
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.