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?
the captain to take the ship down to observation range. Sawtelle objected; and continued to object until Hilton started to order his arrest. Then he said, "I'll do it, under protest, but I want it on record that I am doing it against my best judgment."
"It's on record," Hilton said, coldly. "Everything said and done is being, and will continue to be, recorded."
The Perseus floated downward. "There's what I want most to see," Hilton said, finally. "That big strip-mining operation ... that's it ... hold it!" Then, via throat-mike, "Attention, all scientists! You all know what to do. Start doing it."
Sandra's blonde head was very close to Hilton's brown one as they both stared into Hilton's plate. "Why, they look like giant armadillos!" she exclaimed.
"More like tanks," he disagreed, "except that they've got legs, wheels and treads--and arms, cutters, diggers, probes and conveyors--and look at the way those buckets dip solid rock!"
I have mixed feelings about this story. The writing is, for the most part, abysmal. The author jumps around a lot, makes assumptions, leaves gaps, and includes way too much goofy and out of date jargon. This is as much a soap opera as space opera, concentrating way too much on the details of relationships between men and women.
Criticism aside, there is enough elements of a story that I read through to the end. Well, I did skip quite a few paragraphs here and there when the details became too boring. But, I wanted to find out what happens in the end, and that is the ultimate mark of a good book. The ending itself was rather anti-climatic and trivial.
So, this is more like a 2.5 star story, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt.
I'm a space opera junkie from way back, but this one didn't do much for me.
This is supposed to be a collaboration between the listed author and E. E. "Doc" Smith -- but don't let that get your hopes up. Much talk, little action, a few interesting concepts, and characters crafted from the finest cardboard. Even the climactic space battle is something of a dud, which is not what you'd normally expect from Smith.
Not awful, but not all that entertaining, either.