Masters of Space

Masters of Space[PDF / Epub] ☃ Masters of Space Author E.E. "Doc" Smith – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The Masters had ruled all space with an unconquerable iron fist But the Masters were gone And this new, young race who came now to take their place could they hope to defeat the ancient Enemy of All A The Masters had ruled all space with an unconquerable iron fist But the Masters were gone And this new, young race who came now to take their place could they hope to defeat the ancient Enemy of All Approxhours. Everyone has books that they imprinted on early in their reading life and this is one of mine It isn t a great literary work, and it has all the flaws you can read about in other reviews here on Goodreads from sexism, to impossible technology, to purple prose, to unrealistic characters, and various other sins but it is at the same time full of the energy and sense of wonder of Science Fiction s Golden Age , when heroes were heroes, men were men, good and evil were, well, good and evil, a Everyone has books that they imprinted on early in their reading life and this is one of mine It isn t a great literary work, and it has all the flaws you can read about in other reviews here on Goodreads from sexism, to impossible technology, to purple prose, to unrealistic characters, and various other sins but it is at the same time full of the energy and sense of wonder of Science Fiction s Golden Age , when heroes were heroes, men were men, good and evil were, well, good and evil, and everything was fresh and new and amazing Smith was, if not the inventor of space opera, without doubt it s most influential early practitioner, and, for better or worse, the author of the first science fiction book I ever read Galactic Patrol Lensman series It was given to me by my grandfather when I was nine or ten and I can still remember the fugue in which I read it I proceeded to read every other work of Smith s I could lay my hands on including the Masters of Space and every few years I pick up this one and the Lensman series and reread them And they work for me every time.However, if you didn t read this book when you were young, your mileage will almost certainly vary by a huge amount So do us both a favour don t read it and then complain about it here on Goodreads, but instead give it to a young 10 12 is about right boy probably not for most girls I m afraid to read on a vacation when he is bored enough to try something new because you have banned video games, TV, Facebook, and all those other forms of entertainment that distract but cannot inspire It just might inspire him to become as big a fan of books and above all science fiction as I have become and he will thank you, as I thank my grandfather, for as long as he lives Sometime in the future Jarvis Hilton is placed in charge of a team of scientists on a space mission called Project Theta Orionis in order to obtain uranexium ore for Earth Little does he know that they re gonna have to encounter strange telepathic like robots, weird planets, a war, and to top it all off, become super humansNote this book reminded me of Wonder Woman Six Million Dollar Man tv shows in the early 80s and I m sure that anyone who enjoys classic sci fi will really like it Sometime in the future Jarvis Hilton is placed in charge of a team of scientists on a space mission called Project Theta Orionis in order to obtain uranexium ore for Earth Little does he know that they re gonna have to encounter strange telepathic like robots, weird planets, a war, and to top it all off, become super humansNote this book reminded me of Wonder Woman Six Million Dollar Man tv shows in the early 80s and I m sure that anyone who enjoys classic sci fi will really like it Good times Masters of Space is one the novels that does not involve any kind of telepathy a common theme in Doc Smith s works , though it does have some unspecified mantel powers And like most Smith novels, it moves along with a lot of action A team of scientists an military go on an exploratory expedition, and find something puzzling robots who think they are the Masters finally returned They find that the Masters were in a conflict with an evil alien race, and that these aliens also think they ar Masters of Space is one the novels that does not involve any kind of telepathy a common theme in Doc Smith s works , though it does have some unspecified mantel powers And like most Smith novels, it moves along with a lot of action A team of scientists an military go on an exploratory expedition, and find something puzzling robots who think they are the Masters finally returned They find that the Masters were in a conflict with an evil alien race, and that these aliens also think they are the Masters returned Are they Maybe they are Overall, this is a pleasant diversion, but not something that will go on anyone s must read list I happen to be a huge fan of Doc Smith and have read just about everything he wrote This is a work that exemplifies pulp fiction.I read this as part of a collection The Works of E.E Doc Smith I experienced this book as a LibriVox title, but you can download it as an ebook from Project Gutenberg and I recommend doing that instead.If you ve read other Doc Smith books you ll know what to expect Super Science, competent men and the women who love them the women in the story are highly educated and intelligent but don t act that way , and massive space battles Enjoyable if you can overlook its shortcomings. Mildly entertaining The plot was quaint and mildly entertaining Two authors in their mid to late sixties writing what they think is hip cool slang was a bit tiresome and neither hip or cool Their ideas on men s and women s roles in society is both simultaneously progressive and antiquated The book may offend the easily offend able. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Meh Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers No consequence wish fulfillment by superhuman humans who become truly superhuman.I HATED that the new, 5000 pound perfect human androids could swim Dear lord in heaven they would sink like a 5000 pound android A good story, but the reading leaves something to be desired. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Terrible Sexist, super dated, incredibly fake sounding dialogue, flat characters, no real conflict, and just enough Humans are Special to be grating.The whole thing feels very much like an exercise in wish fulfillment The main character, Jarvis Hilton, leads a crew of what is described in the text as some of the smartest and most attractive people on Earth He is, of course, great at everything this is pointed out every few pages to make sure you remember and half of the women super m Terrible Sexist, super dated, incredibly fake sounding dialogue, flat characters, no real conflict, and just enough Humans are Special to be grating.The whole thing feels very much like an exercise in wish fulfillment The main character, Jarvis Hilton, leads a crew of what is described in the text as some of the smartest and most attractive people on Earth He is, of course, great at everything this is pointed out every few pages to make sure you remember and half of the women super models and geniuses all are stated to be interested in him romantically It just gets pathetic when they come across a planet with fantastic new technologies and a servant race of also beautiful androids eager to cater to their every need Oh, and they re all magic, and Hilton is the most magic of them all.The characters start out empty and stay that way We never learn anything about them that isn t immediately necessary to the plot, and they don t much give the impression that there would be anything for us to learn The challenges they face are similarly boring Each scene of the characters congratulating each other on being brilliant feels unearned as we never see them really struggle The outcome of the main conflict is so heavily telegraphed though there was one page of almost suspense that its inclusion is almost a formality But it isn t just bad in what it s missing it also has some really questionable ethics the pervasive sexism excusable maybe by context, but still worth noting Smith somehow seems sincere as his heroes agree on genocide after literally 1.1 seconds of psychic recon, which choice can only be defended by the fact that the villains are so inexplicably and plainly evil Again when they decide on keeping the secrets of longevity for themselves and those they like, seemingly just so they can be part of an exclusive club It s said that careful selection is necessary, but they have no problem taking on wives and parents of the inducted without reserve Within the story, there may or may not be some good reason for keeping their paradise private, but if Smith was capable of coming up with one, he didn t think it necessary to share All of this done without self reflection, by characters meant to be physically and mentally super human In the Epilogue, a character curses Earth and everyone on it, and wonders for how long they ll keep asking for help Casually Hilton replies, Two or threesessions ought to do it An exploratory mission of lecherous eggheads and brainy bimbos comes across a planet of android slaves created by human ancestors Hampering their attempts to establish the first nudist colony in space are the humourless Stretts, who needn t have bothered.E E Doc Smith was a doyen of the Space Opera sub genre of science fiction, a big inspiration for both Asimov and Heinlein I had never read anything of his before Having done so I can readily account for his influence on those two like Asim An exploratory mission of lecherous eggheads and brainy bimbos comes across a planet of android slaves created by human ancestors Hampering their attempts to establish the first nudist colony in space are the humourless Stretts, who needn t have bothered.E E Doc Smith was a doyen of the Space Opera sub genre of science fiction, a big inspiration for both Asimov and Heinlein I had never read anything of his before Having done so I can readily account for his influence on those two like Asimov he couldn t write worth a damn, and like Heinlein he wasn t aiming to attract a feminine readership.Smith presented his space bunnies one by one with all the respectful esteem their vast intellects demanded This is how he introduced the suggestively named Temple BellsAbout five feet six Lithe, hard, trained down fine as a tennis champion, she would be Stacked how she was stacked They spent so much time immaturely coquetting after the alpha male it was a wonder they got down to any sciencey stuff The androids came in handy as super strong pets you can take to bed without getting fur all over the sheets.This truly awful novel was co written with somebody called Robert Lee Berry, so maybe I should blame him for the chauvinistic stuff Even then I would still have to blame Smith for the rest, which was not just stupid but also virtually incoherent The Skylark of Space can t be as bad as this, surely