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Seetee Ship

(Seetee #1)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Will Stewart [Jack Williamson]. Seetee Ship. New York: Gnome, [1951]. First edition, first printing. Octavo. 255 pages.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Bart Books (first published 1951)
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Joe Santoro
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: hard_sf
An interesting mix of sci fi and a Romance.. the first 1/2 of the book is very reminiscent of the Space Merchants. We have our main Character,Rick, going to work for the big evil corporation instead of his dad to try to make a difference, only to get disenchanted when his work gets turned to weapons. The 2nd half is mostly a romance between the actual main character, Anders (who was Rick's boss and was chasing him) and the spunky girl secretary/pilot for Rick's dad's company. The setting is very ...more
May 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
The "Seetee" in the title means "Contraterrene", an old-fashioned word for anti-matter. This inordinately tedious story features a bunch of cardboard stereotypes running around in a creaky, implausible plot, chasing a piece of anti-matter that it's impossible to believe in or take seriously.

I can't write any more about this piece of crap. I think I'll go watch Angels and Demons instead. It has to be better, right?
Gina Andrews
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 1950s-sci-fi
Rick Drake is a young man who has just graduated from college. Although his plan was to go back and join his father's company on the asteroid from where he came, he is convinced to stay on Earth and work for Interplanet for a year, the company that controls almost everything. He reports to Captain Paul Anders, who rejects most of his ideas for harnessing "seetee" power. Towards the end of the one year contract Rick finally turns in a schematic that might work, but when Anders admits the truth of ...more
Chris Faircloth
Read this many years ago. enjoyed rereading it but a very different style from todays authors
Roddy Williams
‘Late In The 22nd Century

The great Cataclysmic Drift of Seetee – antimatter menaces the universe. Yet certain sky wanderers, reckless men of vision, dare to harness seetee’s unlimited powers for creation.

Rich Drake, celestial pioneer, spurred by his love for highborn lady of space, uncovers seetee’s awesome secret, battles the imperial forces of the mighty Mandate and endures a staggering War of Time.’

Blurb from the 1979 Jove omnibus paperback edition.

Rich Drake returns from Earth to the asteroi
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
This paperback was an omnibus with both ""Seetee Ship"" and ""Seetee Shock"" in it. Both are Golden Age Sci Fi published within a year of each other (1949 and 1950). Neither was especially good. ""Ship"" was the better novel -- faster paced and a more interesting story. ""Shock"" was too talky. I probably won't be seeking more Williamson any time soon. ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Showing its age I'm afraid.
On the positive side of the ledger there's a couple of interesting characters, and the background is intriguing and plausible.
On the other side, the"science" gets very fifties handwavy fast, and once you have figured out the central premise it gets old and obvious fast.
Recommended for fans of the author and/or historical sci fi only.
Mark Palmer
A friend in college turned me on to this. At the time, it was definitely a story unlike anything else I had read.
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