The Devil's Asteroid

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1941
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,948 / 39 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 2,359
Added to site: 2007.09.09
mnybks.net#: 18150
Origin: gutenberg.org

The Rock Bred Evolution in Reverse!

Show Excerpt

fell dead on the spot.

"I wanted him for a prisoner!" growled Parr.

"What good would that do?" flung back Shanklin roughly. "The ship's what we wanted. It's gone. You bungled, Parr."

Parr was about to reply with the obvious charge that Shanklin's own hesitancy had done much to cause the failure, when Sadau spoke:

"This young lady--miss, are you an exile? Because," and he spoke in the same fashion that he had once employed to Parr, "then you're our new chief. The latest comer commands."

"Why--why--" stammered the girl.

"Wait a minute," interposed Parr again. "Let's take stock of ourselves. Haldocott and Jeffords killed--and a couple of others--"

Shanklin barked at him. "You don't give orders any more. We've got a new chief, and you're just one of the rabble, like me." He made a heavily gallant bow toward the latest arrival. "May I ask your name, lady?"

"I'm Varina Pemberton," she said. "But what's the meaning of all this?"

Shanklin and Sadau began

Reviews

Average Rating of 2.3 from 4 reviews: ***
2014.02.07
JoJo Biggins
**...

Juvenile

2013.06.14
Paulo Respighi
***..

A pulp story, better written than average. Martians are not allowed to execute Earthmen, so capital criminals are stranded on an asteroid that has 1) a gravity generator, 2) trees, grass, and other Earth plants, 3) oxygen and water, and 4) a Moron Ray, which causes animals (men) to degenerate into lower forms of life the longer they are exposed.

The Martians are devilishly clever with technology, but seem to have trouble with the concept of posting guards at their ships.

The characterizations and descriptions aren't bad at all. Just accept the silliness and enjoy the story.

2007.12.31
R Stephan
*....

Utter pulp. Not worth the time.

2007.09.11
Waldo Gemio
***..

Entertaining novella, a sort of 2001 A Space Odyssey in reverse: the apes don't become cleverer, but men turn into apes, as a punishment by Martians, no less. Written in 1941, there's even some satire about clipped-moustache heroes 'with murderous instincts'. The ending is a little pat, but it's never boring.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

Wood Cow Chronicles Book 1
Rick Johnson

VOLUME ONE in the WOOD COW CHRONICLES series. <... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

Valkyrie's Vengeance

Loki's Wolves Book 0
Melissa Snark

Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy will enjoy... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

The Titan Drowns: Time Travel Romance

New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Book 6
Nhys Glover

2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER

"Heroism and... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

Chausiku

Nightmare of the Clans Book One
Pamela E. Cash

There are six secret clans across the world–Afr... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

Mademoiselle At Arms

A Georgian Romance
Elizabeth Bailey

Set in the late Georgian era, Elizabeth Bailey’... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

The Tales of Tim Hurtletuta - New Beginnings

Tales of Tim Hurtletuta Series, Book 1
Matthew James Wilkins

"Tim Hurtletuta has forgotten something. He can... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

After the Cure

Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept throu... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

The Unveiling

Book One (Age of Faith 1)
Tamara Leigh

12th century England: Two men vie for the thron... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

Healing Her Heart

Crystal Lake Series Book 1
Laura Scott

Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues... Read more

Cover image for The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman - Free eBook

Never A Choice

The Choices Trilogy #1
Dee Palmer

Bethany Thorne has secrets and she’s told a few... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

After the Cure
by Deirdre Gould
Chausiku
by Pamela E. Cash
The Mysterious Island
by Jules Verne
The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
The House on the Borderland
by William Hope Hodgson
Little Fuzzy
by H. Beam Piper
Citadel
by Kevin Tumlinson
The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
A Princess of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs

See more popular titles from this genre.