Skylark of Valeron (Skylark #3)
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Skylark of Valeron (Skylark #3)

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Edward E. Smith.Skylark of Valeron. Reading: Fantasy Press, 1949. First edition, first printing. Octavo. 252 pages. Publisher's binding and dust jacket.
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Published by Granada (first published 1934)
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This is a quaint book. One written just prior to the Science Fiction revolution that occurred at the end of the Thirties and brought us Asimov and Heinlein, "hard science" fiction and a hint of things to come. How a food engineer (donuts) could have had his finger on the pulse enough to predict uranium based power production and computers is beyond me. He even has the fairly modern concept of the Singularity (implemented by humans instead of computers, however). Unfortunately for him, everythi...more
This was even a little better than the second one, which was a vast improvement over the first one. I don't think E.E. Smith is ever going to be remembered for dialogue or pace or believability or overall balance. About a quarter or a third of this book was a pointless adventure into the 4th dimension, which, though very unnecessary to the story, was really entertaining. Then there followed more intergalactic wars with weapons of ever-increasing size and ability. The speeds with which space ship...more
Caleb Wachter
The Skylark of Valeron was a huge accomplishment for Seaton & Co., and it seems kind of like the end of this book is going to be it for the story. The entire thing ramps up, there's a strange expedition out of our space-time, and it all wraps up wonderfully well as the scope and scale of the story increases by orders of magnitude with each book.

The quality of the story improves with each entry, and thankfully by the time you've gotten to this book, you've been Darwinian-ally selected for a s...more
I love these campy old naive space operas.
The hero's are all but infallible, the villains are always foiled, and there isnt any harsh reality cutting in on your story.

Of course if this was written in the last 40 years I might find all that irritating instead of gitchy - but I have a soft spot for old timey sci-fi, and it is fun to read the books where George Lucas took 60% of Star Wars out of - that is between the Skylark series and the Lensmen series.

If you want your mind expanded, read somethi...more
Doug Farren
I read this one a LONG time ago. The Skylark series is a classic which I periodically go back and reread every decade or so. The science is outdated and the level of technology is a bit too far-fetched but it's still a classic space opera.
Old school Space Opera series written by the doyen of space opera writes - style and content a bit dated now but still an ok read
James Hein
The first three books of the series are typical EE Doc Smith and as a re-read I enjoyed the whole series again (see review for book 4)
Patrick Carroll
The ending of the series is a bit twee but still loved every page.
Clayton Yuen
no thanks .... too old style!
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