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Islands of Space (Arcot, Morey and Wade a.k.a. The Black Star #2)

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In the thrilling follow-up to "The Black Star Passes," John W. Campbell, Jr. again takes his team of young scientist-explorers on a voyage to the outer reaches of the universe - culminating in a space battle of epic proportions! Classic space opera, here is a tale from the Golden Age of Science Fiction! "Arcot, Wade, Morey, and their computer, Fuller, put together a ship w ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Wildside Press (first published 1956)
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John Faherty
Jul 22, 2015 John Faherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is in the public domain as it was written in the 1950's I downloaded this book from Librivox to listen to on the beach while I was on vacation. This book written in a style that harkens to the golden age of sci-fi is a gem. Its narrative style is fluid and colorful. The characters though a product of their age are three dimensional and extremely likable. The storyline stretches believability but doesn't break it. So then as our travelers glide between the galaxies we are not left ques ...more
Roddy Williams
‘John Campbell’s book was written as a sequel to ‘The Black Star Passes… and believe me, it was a world-beater in those days.

‘Arcot, Wade, Morey and their computer, Fuller, put together a ship which will travel faster than light… they give us what may have been the first space-warp drive. The concept was simple; to make it plausible wasn’t – unless you were John Campbell.

‘With this out-of-space drive they hightail it among the stars. They locate the fugitive planets of the Black Star… find a fro
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Blake
Mar 30, 2016 Blake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the great pleasures of reading Astounding/Analog magazine back in the day was John W. Campbell's editorials. He'd come up with the germ of an idea for a story that was simultaneously scientific and tantalizing. The mission, back then, was to focus minds on the stars, on the future, on something other than these damned world wars people kept fighting.

Islands of Space is a perfect example of that kind of writing. It's full of little ideas and suppositions that make you wonder "what if...?"
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Kevin van Haaren
You really have to remember the era this was written in. It shows off the prejudices of that time so well. No female characters at all, even the alien race they encounter seems to have no females in positions of authority. The main characters are so heroic & flawless they'd almost be considered fan service these days.

Written almost a decade before Star Trek's Prime Directive their first act on landing on an earth-like planet in another solar system is to kill everything in a mountain lake so
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Lindsay
Oct 27, 2010 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was slightly bizarre in a few ways.

First of all, there was predictions of amazing faster than light travel, but the characters were taking photographs of galaxy with films, and carrying books. The characters themselves were these enlightened geniuses (who seem to be single handedly responsible for a number of world changing inventions), who decided to kill any possible organisms in a lake before having a swim, just in case they caught something. I think it's interesting how much this
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Scott Harris
is evidently an early classic of the science fiction genre. It chronicles the adventures of a clutch of hapless friends who sojourn across the universe. Campbell demonstrates a keen interest in science, paying tribute to some the best theories of his day, as well as relying on some well trod stereotypes. His characters are a little naive though adding to the inherent sense of suspended disbelief.
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Great sequel to "The Black Star Passes"
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John Wood Campbell, Jr. was an influential figure in American science fiction. As editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later called Analog Science Fiction and Fact), from late 1937 until his death, he is generally credited with shaping the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction.
Isaac Asimov called Campbell "the most powerful force in science fiction ever, and for the first ten years of his edito
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Other Books in the Series

Arcot, Morey and Wade a.k.a. The Black Star (4 books)
  • The Black Star Passes
  • Invaders from the Infinite
  • Arcot, Morey & Wade: The Black Star Passes/Islands of Space/Invaders from the Infinite

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