Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Skylark Three (Skylark #2)” as Want to Read:
Skylark Three (Skylark #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Skylark Three

(Skylark #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,333 ratings  ·  46 reviews
In this exhilarating sequel to The Skylark of Space, momentous danger again stalks genius inventor and interplanetary adventurer Dr. Richard Seaton. Seaton’s allies on the planet Kondal are suffering devastating attacks by the forces of the Third Planet. Even worse, the menacing and contemptuous Fenachrones are threatening to conquer the galaxy and wipe out all who oppose
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 1974 by Panther (first published 1930)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Skylark Three, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Skylark Three

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.86  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,333 ratings  ·  46 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Skylark Three (Skylark #2)
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this is the second book in the series and carries on from where the first left off. DuQuesne is still up to his old tricks in terms of trying to stitch up Seaton and Crane. As usual he is never going to win as Seaton is at least two steps ahead him.
In this book Seaton and his allies are threatened by an evil race from halfway across the galaxy, he must amalgamated all the knowledge of his allies on Osmone and search out further knowledge from a mysterious race in the same multi Sun solar
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Although the title of this volume is Skylark Three and would suggest that it is the third novel in the “Skylark” series by E. E. “Doc” Smith, it is actually the second book in the series. The “Three” in the title refers to the third iteration of the eponymous spaceship. From an early novella in Amazing Stories, this is an intriguing episode where an earlier science extrapolates intriguing possibilities. Skylark Three is ultimately based on an ethereal or aethereal cosmic theory (where there is ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
This is a book entirely devoid of irony. The heroes are upstanding corn-fed Americans, the enemies are dastardly conquest-fueled aliens, the day will be won with the intelligent application of SCIENCE!, and the dialogue is so corny that movie theaters can coat it in nasty ersatz butter sauce and sell it by the fattening tub.

Everything you need to know about Smith's gender politics is shown in an early scene: the menfolk grapple with the fundamental forces of the universe and bend SCIENCE! to
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
All the qualms I had with The Skylark of Space are present in its sequel to an even greater extent. The plot is predictable and boring, the dialogue is laughable, the characters are all one-dimensional, and the author devotes way too much time developing technologies and scientific theories to keep any semblance of an interesting story. Don't waste your time with this one.
Joe Santoro
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard_sf
I've read some of the Lensman books, so I was kinda excited for this one... I'm not sure if I have just have rose colored nostalgia lenses from that (it was one of the first classic sci-fi books I read. WAY back when one could still join the sci-fi book club and get 5 books for a $.01), of this one's just not as good.. but getting though this book was really a chore.

Smith's focus is his 'science' which mainly consists of the smaller the particle you find, the more powerful the guns. The main
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow did this one go all out. The Hero's kill so many in this story. Like mass genecide whole planets. It is getting a bit silly with all the new magic "force" science
C. John Kerry
This was read for the World at War Challenge I am doing and fills in a square for a book first published in the years 1925 to 1930. Despite the title this is the second in the Skylark series. Of course the Seaton’s and the Crane’s reappear in this story as well as Shiro, Martin Crane’s servant. Also returning is Dumark and his wife Sitar, their Osnomian friends. Also here is Blackie DuQuesne, however he never crosses paths with Seaton and company. Instead our villains are a new race, the ...more
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Original: I got about halfway through this one and kind of gave up on this series. It's definitely not as good as the Lensmen series, which is little surprise since this was written first. It's main problem is the dialog. Nobody ever spoke like these characters. They sound like rejects from a campy 1930's film. The science part of the science fiction is very dated too and I find it a bit painful to read. I'd rather have less detail on the science fiction then this wildly inaccurate stuff.

New: I
Michael Hall
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a classic, and so very enjoyable, Skylark Three gives us another dose of unbelievable and fantastic science that is almost miraculous in it's application. The characters are still larger than life, too perfect, and pompous sounding... but this is still a fun story to read -- even when xenocide is being committed.

More so than in the first book the language and pseudo-science gives a dated feel to Skylark Three and seems to have been written for a younger audience. At the same time
Storyline: 2/5
Characters: 1/5
Writing Style: 2/5
World: 2/5

After finishing The Skylark of Space I remarked, only partially in jest, that Smith compressed nearly all of science fiction ideas - past and future - into a single, short text. He proved me wrong. What was left out of the first made it into the second, and we get another book of spectacular technological escalation.

Smith seemed to have believed that the minor character development of his first was sufficient to cover this second, and
Skylark Three is the second in the Skylark series, named after the third Skylark spaceship. (In The Skylark of Space , Seaton and Crane build the Skylark and go on space adventures; on the planet of Osnome they rebuild the ship into Skylark Two.) Responding to requests for aid from the Osnomians, Seaton, Crane, their wives and Crane's Japanese man-servant Shiro head out into space where they run into a scout cruiser of the supermen of Fenachrone. These guys want to conquer the galaxy and kill ...more
Frank Carver
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the second part of the four-book “Skylark” series. I started reading it straight after “Skylark of Space”. From the first book it doesn’t seem as if Smith originally intended this to be a series, but I guess that the first book (or at least its serialisation in a magazine of the time) was successful enough to prompt a follow-up.

The formula is similar, but this time the challenges are even bigger and the responses of the heroes, particularly Richard Seaton are even more superhuman.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time deciding on the rating for this book. I would give it 3 stars compared to modern science fiction, but this was written in 1930. For those with an interest in the history of science fiction this one is clearly at least a 4 star book. You can clearly see where the ideas for things like Flash Gordon (four years later) came from. It very much has that same flavor.
The technology descriptions are interesting. "Atomic" power is based on the metal copper. Unlike works from 20 years
Joseph Carrabis
It's difficult for me to rate this book "honestly". I read it once as a child, once as a teen and again a few years ago. I was thrilled as a child in the 60s, intrigues as a teen in the early 70s and amused as an adult in the mid 2000s. Wow! I missed all that misogyny and hidden bigoty/prejudice as a child and teen. Or was it simply that's how everyone (in my limited world) thought at the time and therefore it didn't catch me?
But is it a rip-roaring space opera? Oh, yes. A fun (if not
Kevin O'Brien
The Skylark Three is the second of four novels in Smith's Skylark series. The three in the title refers to the third spaceship they built. Like most Smith novels, it moves along with a lot of action. Overlord Seaton of the Central System deals with interplanetary war between the planets of the system. Then the monstrous Fenachrone race is introduced, and they threaten the whole galaxy with conquest. Only Seaton can stop them! If you ever wanted to know what pulp fiction of the classic age of ...more
Steve Prentice
This book was OK. Once again it was quite an interesting plot but Smith is certainly keen on planetary genocide which is not particularly politically correct but I suppose it was a sign of the times. There was also a long part of the book that concerned the acquisition by macho Earthlings of a fantasy science that was clever but that has no basis in physics and that I found quite boring.

Despite all this I enjoy the series sufficiently that I will finish it - eventually.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2017, pulp
I listened to this from Audiovox as read by Richard Kilmer. A fun story, but it drags at times with expounding on imaginary science.

Once again, the treatment of women was embarrassing, but I know that was a 1920's prevailing opinion.

If I go on with the series, it will be because the next book is called Skylark Duquesne. He supposedly dies in this book, but he's too great a villain to let go.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second of Doc Smith's Skylark novels, Richard Seaton and Martin Crane, together with their wives, are back in space on their ship Skylark Three. They end up going to the planet Osnome which is being threatened with a war by another planet, but then an even worse threat appears, the reptilian Fenachrone, which forces the erstwhile enemy planets to join forces to defeat them. A great pulp space opera read from the early 1930's.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot improve on what Johnny said. I was also a big fan of John Campbell and was upset when he debunked Doc.
James Hein
Reread the entire series
Scott Gregory
Wasn't as good as the first one in the series. It did keep my interest but was a bit slow at times.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reluctantly gave up on this book at the 70% mark. The story started out interestingly enough, but got bogged down in page after page of boring technology development and pseudoscience jibber jabber.
Roddy Williams
‘In this exhilarating sequel to The Skylark of Space, momentous danger again stalks genius inventor and interplanetary adventurer Dr Richard Seaton. Seaton’s allies on the planet Kondal are suffering devastating attacks by the forces of the Third Planet. Even worse, the menacing and contemptuous Fenachrones are threatening to conquer the galaxy and wipe out all who oppose them. And don’t forget the dastardly machinations of Seaton’s arch-nemesis, Du Quesne, who embarks on a nefarious mission of ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this some 35 years ago. Oh, and all you "college educated kids" have to tone down your patronizing, holier-than-thou, this-is-sexist/racist/dated reviews. It was written before your daddy and mommy (who paid for your college education) was born by a guy that put himself through grad school. Yes, it's dated. Move your narrow brains out of the present and try... TRY... to see it from an historical perspective. I've only given this 3 stars because I read it so long ago I can't remember much ...more
Jeffrey J
Skylark Three actually reads much better that Book 1. Some much better narrative on the exploration of the Universe and some much more interesting dialog during first contact(s) between Seaton and several alien cultures. You can see shades of the epic scope of the universe and its inhabitants throughout very similar to the Lensman novels that Doc wrote. This also escalated the drama that will come with DuQuesne's next move to best Seaton which was foreshadowed by providing Seaton and the group ...more
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This book was much better than the first Skylark book, so much so that I'm going to downgrade my rating of the first one to make enough space between the two of them. It seems like in this book, though still filled with all the insanely bad dialogue and incredibly huge coincidences of the first, Doc Smith was more into pure sci-fi imaginings, the best part of the genre, random, unique alien races, speculative science taken to extremes, etc. You can tell he had a kid's enthusiasm for his work, ...more
Mar 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read all of the E.E. "Doc" Smith SciFi that I could find, growing up. Now, reading Skylark Three again for the first time in perhaps 35 years, I find that it's still a whacking good story. Written at a time when particle physics was barely off the ground, I find that the science is deeply dated. The dialog is a bit repetitive and sensational. But it brings me back 35 years. That's not entirely a bad thing. And it *is* a good story, and extraordinarily progressive and imaginative for it's time.
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
The original space opera series. Certainly not good writing, but vigorous with entertaining 1930's attitudes, pseudo-science, and pseudo-slang.

"Worrying? That bird is simply pulling my cork! I'm so scared he'll kidnap Dottie that I'm running around in circles and biting myself in the small of the back."
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The second book was worse than the first. Just as dated but now the supposedly heroic protagonists quite calmly commit genocide and make themselves effective rulers of the entire galaxy by force. Even for the period this was published, it is hard to see how this could have been considered in any way admirable.
Steve C
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF historians, E.E. Smith completists
Shelves: science-fiction
This is very early Sciemce Fiction, before the term was even coined. Editorial requirements at the time were for a lot of pseudo-science, even at the expense of the story. I think that explains why this book is virtually unreadable for today's audience. Smith was capable of much better, as he proved with the Lensman series.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Gods of Mars (Barsoom #2)
  • The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3)
  • The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom #5)
  • At the Earth's Core (Pellucidar, #1)
  • The First Men in the Moon
  • The Dragon Lensman (Second Stage Lensman Trilogy, #1)
  • The Land That Time Forgot Collection (Caspak #1-3)
  • The Moon Pool
  • Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)
  • Islands of Space
  • A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
  • Gwenpool, the Unbelievable, Vol. 2: Head of M.O.D.O.K
  • Aurora: CV-01 (The Frontiers Saga #1)
  • Friday
  • Pellucidar (Pellucidar, #2)
  • The Plague Dogs
  • Deathworld 1 (Deathworld, #1)
  • The Efficiency Expert
See similar books…
Edward Elmer Smith (also E.E. Smith, E.E. Smith, Ph.D., E.E. “Doc” Smith, Doc Smith, “Skylark” Smith, or—to his family—Ted), was an American food engineer (specializing in doughnut and pastry mixes) and an early science fiction author, best known for the Lensman and Skylark series. He is sometimes called the father of space opera.

Other books in the series

Skylark (4 books)
  • The Skylark of Space (Skylark #1)
  • Skylark of Valeron (Skylark #3)
  • Skylark DuQuesne (Skylark #4)