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The Skylark of Space / Skylark Three / Skylark of Valeron / Skylark DuQuesne

(SF Gateway Omnibus)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  6 reviews
From The SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal sample introduction to the fantastic work of E. E. 'Doc' Smith, one of the most influential authors of the pulp era. Working with legendary ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION editor, John W. Campbell, Smith revolutionised space opera, giving it many of the tropes still ...more
Kindle Edition, 689 pages
Published November 28th 2013 by Gateway (first published 1970)
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Richard Draude
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I cut my teeth on Science fiction by reading Smith's four books onboard ship, while off duty. While the copyright for the series date back to the late 1920s and 1930s I found then entertaining. A great escape for the tedium of shipboard life. And by the way the third book is SKYLARK OF VALERON (Not Baleron, I'm looking at the cover of my copy)
Malcolm F. Cross
I realize that this is supposed to be one of the 'original' works of Space Opera, and it's old. But old doesn't have to mean tepid, and that the thing was first on the scene doesn't make the cliches riddling the work any less galling to me as a reader.

If Skylark is part of the movement that set Science Fiction rolling, Skylark is also one of the reasons SF had a reputation as crap. Hackneyed plots, two dimensional characters, casual attempts at genocide, some very questionable theories about the
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Marshall
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love his writing. Stories are fantastical and the characters are lovable. His old time style of writing makes this book worth it! I love it!
Alex
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smith is the father of “Space Opera” and the SkyLark series is a great example. It’s a rip rousing tale with a smashing finish.

There are some aspects that are a bit dated, but that makes it more fun.

One of my favorite exchanges:

After the bad guy escapes with our hero’s GF at super-light speed.

BFF: That’s theoretically impossible
Our hero: That’s theory, this is reality!

If you are a Lensman fan, you can see a lot of the ideas transfer from here to there.
Neil Auty
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Read these amongst my first SF books and was thrilled to find an omnibus edition to relive the great stories of Smith.
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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.