"Their space-drive engine shattered the intergalactic barriers"
is very likely to turn thumbs down on the whole deal. Besides, Arcot's dad has a lot of influence around here, too, and I have a healthy hunch he won't like the idea, either."
"I rather fear he won't," agreed Arcot gloomily.
A silence hung over the room that felt almost as heavy as the pall of pipe smoke the air conditioners were trying frantically to disperse.
The elder Mr. Morey had full control of their finances. A ship that would cost easily hundreds of millions of dollars was well beyond anything the four men could get by themselves. Their inventions were the property of Transcontinental, but even if they had not been, not one of the four men would think of selling them to another company.
Finally, Wade said: "I think we'll stand a much better chance if we show them a big, spectacular exhibition; something really impressive. We'll point out all the advantages and uses of the apparatus. Then we'll show them complete plans for the ship. They might consent."
I have just finished this book.It is very much of its time and reminds me of EE "Doc" Smith's "Lensman " series; they thought big in those days! I love SF from this period, and although Campbell deals with mind bogglingly large ideas, he is able to make the science sound plausible.If you like SF from the classic period, you'll love this!
This story is a continuation from "The Black Star Passes" - but is even weaker than the first installments. It is reduced to a tale of 3 shallow heros (of the 1930's vintage) galavanting through space.