From the first paragraphs I knew this was not going to be an good book to read. Somethings have been updated but other wise I agree with the other reviewers. I read many Doc Smith books back in the 1960's while in high school, paperbacks were 35 cents or so and I could afford to buy these books with "fine" cover art. I didn't know better than what was being sold in the local cigar stores. But the "Skylark" and "Lens Men" series were easy reads on the buses and subways going to school into the Bronx from Yonkers, NY. Glad this was a free book & small in size.