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The Creature from Beyond Infinity

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"You must remain here," Theron stated. "How many of us survived the voyage from Kyria? You must wait, Ardath, even a million years if it is necessary. Our stasis ray kept us in suspended animation while we came across space. Take the ship beyond the atmosphere. Adjust it to a regular orbit, like a second satellite around this world.
Mass Market Paperback, 125 pages
Published 1968 by Popular Library (first published November 1940)
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"The Creature From Beyond Infinity" was the first novel published by Henry Kuttner, an author who was one of the half dozen or so pillars of the Golden Age of Sci-Fi. It first saw the light of day in a 1940 issue of "Startling Stories" magazine under the title "A Million Years to Conquer," and finally in book form in the 1968 Popular Library paperback that I just completed. Although that original title may perhaps be a more accurate descriptor, the pulpier "Creature" title gives a truer feel for ...more
Roddy Williams
Ardath, an advanced humanoid from Kyria, fleeing the destruction of his world, has crash-landed on Earth aeons before our ancestors crawled from the sea. His dying companion instructs him to put himself into stasis aboard the ship to be reawakened when intelligent life has emerged, and to start breeding any random highly intelligent he finds in order to create a super-race to inherit the wisdom and knowledge of the Kyrians.
This he does, sleeping aboard his repaired golden ship while it orbits th
Interesting series of subplots that converged toward the end of the book. I enjoyed the book more before the subplots converged than after. Once the subplots were brought together, it reminded me a great deal of the movie "I am Legend". I did some checking and it turns out that this book was published first and Richard Matheson dedicated the book, I am Legend, to Henry Kuttner.
The conclusion of the story was a little too "utopian" for me. So much so, that I wondered if the author's political le
Kuttner has an enjoyable style and the book never lets up moving. The characters are somewhat stereotypical. The main reason I didn't enjoy this book more was probably because the plot was kind of all over the place. It seemed like several different books sort of crammed together, and how it started was a long way from where it finished. I don't know but it seems almost like a serialized type of story in which the author had no idea where he was going next when he started. Still, not a bad read. ...more
Richard Kunzmann

This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read: Misogynistic, characters flatter than an ironing board, overstated and melodramatic speeches that make this a premium example of the worst pulp SF imaginable. Skip it, for your own health!
Interesting novel which kept me questioning. I did listen to it through my subscription to SciPodBooks by Mark Nelson.
Fun but very simple. Like reading a comic.
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Henry Kuttner was, alone and in collaboration with his wife, the great science fiction and fantasy writer C. L. Moore, one of the four or five most important writers of the 1940s, the writer whose work went furthest in its sociological and psychological insight to making science fiction a human as well as technological literature. He was an important influence upon every contemporary and every sci ...more
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