Far out at the edge of the Universetwo scientists play a game ofwits--Earth to the winner.
"Come on, Koto!" I snapped.
I am no fighting man by trade. Nevertheless, there was a kind of instinct which told me to get the gun set up at any point of vantage along the ship's side. And Koto understood.
"There," he breathed after but a few seconds, and from the experienced way in which he touched the disintegration-release trigger with his one good hand, I knew we were ready.
The flier was still moving, slowly and smoothly. She seemed to be half lifted, half drawn by some colossal force. I leaned far out over the rail.
A long, slender, but apparently indestructible cable had been affixed to our stern by means of a metal plate at its end which I guessed to be magnetic. I saw that the cable vanished under lashing waves which broke on a not distant shore, and that we were being drawn irresistibly toward the waves.
* * * * *
The light from the deck brought out dazzling scintillations from a beach composed of gigantic crystal pebbles as large as ostri
Well, it was written in 1932. A mission to investigate the aggressiveness of the planet Orcon "on the opposite end of the universe from Earth" crashes there and discovers that the insane Prussian genius Leider is plotting the destruction of Earth.
There are disintegration rays, anti-disintegration rays, magnetic rays, and a de-energizing ray. Pretty much any time a ray is needed to move the plot along, one shows up. The characters are a good mix, and even include a woman starship pilot, who holds her own with the men and ends up covered with just as much alien blood as they do.
It's a pulp adventure story.
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