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A Powerful Novel of Intrigue and Action in the Not-So-Distant Future

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Published: 1951
Language: English
Wordcount: 49,898 / 146 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,574
Added to site: 2007.08.03 17814
License: ©

Galaxy novel number 7. Copyright un-renewed.

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rras, many miles from any other habitation.

Manning's grandfather, Jackson Manning, had first generated the curvature field and overcome gravity, had left his grandson a fortune that approached the five billion mark. But that had not been all. From his famous ancestor, Manning had inherited a keen, sharp, scientific mind. From his mother's father, Anthony Barret, he had gained an astute business sense. But unlike his maternal grandfather, he had not turned his attention entirely to business. Old Man Barret had virtually ruled Wall Street for almost a generation, had become a financial myth linked with keen business sense, with an uncanny ability to handle men and money. But his grandson, Gregory Manning, had become known to the world in a different way. For while he had inherited scientific ability from one side of the family, financial sense from the other, he likewise had inherited from some other ancestor--perhaps remote and unknown--a wanderlust that had taken him to the farthest outposts of the So

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 4 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

Hard to rate this story. The ideas are different enough to set it apart and make it an enjoyable read. However, it does have "silly science" to make things happen, and the author lapses into long explanations of what makes things tick. Lots of holes in his theories as well. Overall, worth the time to read.


I have enjoyed Clifford Simak's sci fi for many years but this book did not measure up to his usual excellence. I only made it through about 1/4th of the book. Not much happened except some fictional physics experiments without any depth of explanation. I gave up, too many better books I could be reading.


A fun escape! Interesting characters performing fabulous feats of science! Could have done with more development of the story line, though. Was too short to adequately express the grand political tensions present in the Solar System.


A very good read. To some extent the line between science fiction and fantasy becomes thin. A bit more scientific explanation of things rather than pure imagination would have helped. Altogether an interesting read.



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