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3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  86 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Da un enigma all'altro, in questo romanzo dalle cento invenzioni. Prima di tutto i segnali. Da dove vengono? Cosa significano, così insistenti e disperati ? Poi l'enorme « scheggia » che ruota nello spazio. Perché quel labirinto di gallerie deserte, quelle armi intomprensibili, le migliaia di cubi luminescenti? Infine, il sospetto che l'asteroide non sia capitato a per cas ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Urania #638, 138 pages
Published February 17th 1974 by Mondadori (first published 1960)
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Julie Davis
Mark Nelson's latest narration at Librivox is this Murray Leinster, which I haven't read. Love both Nelson and Leinster, so this will be a treat.

Not one of Leinster's best but entertaining enough. When an asteroid enters our solar system, emitting odd warbling "wails", scientists soon figure out that Earth is being hailed by another civilization. Are they friendly or enemies? What is the warble saying? Can the Cold War stop long enough to work together? As is so often the case in Leinster's stor
Roddy Williams
‘As the earth party wandered through the rock-hewn corridors, they had no doubt about the purpose of the asteroid.

It was a mighty fortress, stocked with weapons of destruction beyond man’s understanding. It seemed as if it was deserted by some ancient race and yet in a room high in the asteroid a powerful transmitter beamed its chilling sounds toward earth. Near it, on a huge star-map of the universe, ten tiny red sparks were moving inexorably toward the center – moving at many times the speed o
Mar 15, 2011 Plch rated it did not like it
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read.. but very very partially... it's very dated but this was not a problem and I love to read of imaginary futures that never happened. But there was a huge problem just a few pages into it, I don't know if it was because of the translation or not, anyway, I read the following sentence: "a few miles east from the equator"... and I really couldn't go further.
Jim Mcclanahan
Mar 21, 2014 Jim Mcclanahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best of Murray Leinster's output, this short novel is one of his most interesting tales. For me, everything he wrote ultimately gets measured by the yardstick of his Med Service stories. This one surpasses them. Faced with an alien menace as presaged by a cryptic signal from a rocky body in the asteroid belt. Once the main characters investigate the enigmatic asteroid, the details of the story are told against the background of duplicitous and poorly conceived actions and words from t ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Andrewcharles420 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book--it was fun and suspenseful, it had interesting technological developments that seemed optimistic, but plausible, and told frighteningly realistic predictions of psychological responses to world-shaking events. This could make an excellent movie (probably with a title change) [I just looked this up, and apparently, a 1967 movie, "The Terrornauts" was loosely based on this book]! Briefly: a self-employed inventor has had a otherworldly recurring dream since encountering ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent bit of classic SF. Yeah, its dated terribly and the relationships presented are borderline caveman but that was the state of things when this was written. Leinster is an old-time great and this book is a decent one by him. I have others that I favor more but this is worth a read. You can find this at Gutenberg and other places for free but be warned there are some typos or OCR issues.
Anthony Ragan
A fun example of 1950s/early 60s science fiction. A "first contact" story, it has elements reminiscent of Verne (the heroes build their own spacecraft to fly off to adventure). Character development is minimal; the real star is the asteroid itself and the mystery of why it is suddenly signalling Earth. The answer is clever, calling to mind some of Piper's work from the time. There is also some cynical, wry commentary on society's reaction to the news and our heroes that had me chuckling. However ...more
Stephen Theaker
A signal from space is received, a signal that's meaningless to everyone on Earth - everyone except the man who's been dreaming of it since childhood! He starts to build a spaceship to go and investigate, while the girl who'd be his girlfriend does her best to catch his eye.

Most of this book is a science fiction screwball comedy along the lines of Monkey Business, which was a good thing. More sf novels should star Cary Grant! It was very entertaining.

Things get more serious as it goes on, as the
Leland Gilsen
Apr 20, 2016 Leland Gilsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite SF novels. The concept that humans arrived from a previous intragalactic civilization is silly, but a good satisfying read.
Austin Myers
Pretty decent story

It was a pretty decent story but I wish the author had not made the main characters dumber than a box of rocks.
Feb 21, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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1983 grade C
Alessio Premoli
Libro pieno di validissimi spunti (alcuni davvero affascinanti) analizzati, però, con eccessiva semplicità e velocità. L'impianto narrativo è molto piacevole, ma si perde qua e là su passaggi al limite della sospensione dell'incredulità. Una lettura piacevole per alcuni elementi di sicuro interesse, ma che spesso fa sorridere alcune soluzioni discutibili
Robert Schneider
A little repetitive, makes me wonder if it was serialized and then collected here.
Mar 15, 2015 Arwen56 rated it it was ok
Gradevole romanzo di fantascienza con andamento circolare. Niente affatto male.
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Murray Leinster was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays.

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