The Star Lord

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Author: Boyd Ellanby (William Clouser Boyd)
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,771 / 70 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,550
Added to site: 2010.05.03 27586

To some passengers a maiden voyage was a pleasure cruise; to others it meant a hope for new life. Only the Captain knew of its danger!

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ck as a heavy perfume assaulted his nostrils.

"What are those?"

"Carnations, sir, for the gentlemen's coats, and rose corsages for the ladies' gowns. Compliments of the Star Line."

"But they're white!"

"Yes, sir. The white flowers, the only kind we are able to grow in Y-port, are symbols of the white light of the stars, we like to think."

"What idiot gave the Star Line that idea?" said Dr. Chase. "You know stars are all colors--white, green, yellow, blue, and even red. But white carnations are a symbol of death."

Steward Davis lowered his tray. "Then you don't care to wear one, sir?"

"Not until I have to," said Alan. "Now please call some one to show me my cabin."

"Band playing in the lounge, sir. Tea is being served in the Moon Room, and the Bar is open until just before takeoff."

"Thanks, but I've been ill. I just want to find my cabin."

"Boy!" called Steward Davis. "Show this gentleman to 31Q."

* * * * *

Alan followed the p


Average Rating of 2.7 from 3 reviews: ***
Sardo Weems

Well, the cover art is great, though I don't remember a scene with a space-hoyden in the story.

A hyperspace cruise ship trying to break a speed record is carrying every stereotyped character known to literature. Who will survive to appear in other stories?

The author put a lot of work into writing something boring and unoriginal.


Agree with the prior reviewer. An Ok read for a pulp adventure given somewhat tenuous ties between reader and characters, and a not too tacked down story line.


Like the Titanic, the Star Lord was considered by many to be indestructible. Its fate is predictable. The story is competently written, but isn't particularly gripping.

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