Like a great, lethal snake, plague creeps through the galaxies. No conscious entity can halt its progress, and life is slowly draining from planet after planet.
Only one super-intelligence is capable of preventing cataclysm. To do it, he must penetrate far beyond infinity--to the formless, deathless creature out to kill the universe.
He had determined to run away.
Stephen already knew that his brain was far superior to the average. It was as yet unformed, requiring knowledge and capable training. Those he could never get through his parents. He felt no sorrow or pity on leaving them. His cool intellect combined with the natural cruelty of childhood to make him unemotional, passionlessly logical.
But Stephen needed money, and his youth was a handicap. No one would employ a child, he knew, except perhaps as a newsboy. Moreover, he had to outwit his parents, who would certainly search for their son.
Strangely there was nothing pathetic about Stephen's small figure as he trudged along the dark street. His iron singleness of purpose and his ruthless will gave him a certain incongruous dignity. He walked swiftly to the railroad station.
On the way he passed a speakeasy. A man was lying in the gutter before the door, an unshaved derelict, grizzled of hair and with worn, dissolute features. He was mu
Yup, Agree with Allan Loewen, the last reviewer. 40's pulp. Want to go out to the alien spaceship in orbit (the one that houses the offworlder that wants to find geniuses on earth? Simply build an antigravity ship in your lab. No problema! It's about colliding courses of the scientist of the present fighting off the vampire plague and the alien whose civilization was destroyed and want's to recreate it on earth by culling intelligence and talent as he stays in stasis in orbit to periodically wake and check for smarts below. Unfortunately his choices of smart humans isn't too smart itself, and they wind up in present day earth bedeviling the erstwhile scientist trying to cope with the plague.
All comes together in pulp fashion and the good guy gets the girl too.
The Creature From Beyond Infinity is a typical 1940's pulp novella that can stand right next to any other Sword and Spaceship tale from the era.
In this story, told in a rather rushed fashion, there are two co-running plots of an alien searching for human geniuses throughout time and one of those geniuses striving to contain a pandemic that is turning people into life force vampires.
With the standard pulp tropes of muscle or brain-bound men, strong-willed beauties helpless in the arms of strong men, and lots of action, Kuttner's story is good for a quick diversion.
Just don't waste time looking for any creature from beyond infinity. Like a typical 1940's pulp, the title has nothing to do with the story.
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