A tale of the prospectors of the starways--of dangers--
ing bolt in his direction. He felt the fierce heat of it as it whizzed past his shoulder; in his brain Digger's thoughts of attack came to him, he flung an arm around the spacehound, dragged it back as he withdrew toward the door. The girl continued to fire bolt after bolt straight ahead, her eyes wide and staring.
They made the door, waited outside while the firing within continued. When at last it was still within, he peered around the corner of the room. She lay in a crumpled heap in the corner; quietly he re-entered, picked her up awkwardly. Through the thin, resistant folds of the spacesuit, he could feel the warmth of her, but could not tell whether the heart still beat or not. They would have to take her to one of the ships.
Her limp form was held tightly under his good arm as Nat hurried down the main tunnel. Digger apparently realized the seriousness of the situation, for he received impressions of "must hurry" from the beast and another creature, looking much like him, surrounded by sm
A story of ideas and of a gradually-revealed plot, it is interesting enough as you read it. Once done, all the "Hey, what about the . . ." and "It just happened to be pointing the right direction?" stuff comes up.
Not a great story, just a pulp space adventure tale, with a girl needing to be rescued.
The Beast of Space has an interesting premise ... that something may have evolved on the larger asteroids. Something that is also sentient and knows how to attract spaceships--and the tasty morsels that operate it.
Of course, we have no idea what the thing lived on before humanity went into space, but this story doesn't survive an indepth analysis.
This reviewer found it to be an interesting diversion for a quick, entertaining read.