The Skylark of Space

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The editors of Amazing Stories -- who first published this novel in August, September, and October 1928 -- waxed ecstatic over it. ". . . when such a story as The Skylark of Space comes along," they said "we just feel as if we must shout from the housetops that this is the greatest interplanetarian and space flying story that has appeared this year. Indeed, it probably will rank as one of the great space flying stories for many years to come. . . ." Copy is often about hyperbole, but they were righter than any editor ever can expect to be. This story has all but become a part of the language: we feel privileged to offer it to you.

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User Review  - ikeman100 - LibraryThing

Great early Space Opera by one of the genre's best writers of the first half of the 20th century. It's no wonder Frederick Pohl gave Smith such high praise. E.E. Doc Smith was one of the better ... Read full review

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User Review  - karamazow - LibraryThing

Er, no. I can stand some amount of clichés, but this is driving things too far. The story is completely unlikely and impossible, without anything in the characters that makes up for it. Too dated for ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Lee Hawkins Garby (1892-1953) was the co-author with Edward Elmer Smith of the 1928 serial novel The Skylark of Space, the first science fiction story in which humans left the solar system. She was the wife of Dr. Carl DeWitt Garby, a friend of Dr. Smith's from college at the University of Idaho. The novel was first published as a book in 1946, as The Skylark of Space: The Tale of the First Inter-Stellar Cruise, naming Garby and Smith on the title page but Smith alone on the cover. The Library of Congress catalogs it as "by Edward E. Smith, in collaboration with Mrs. Lee Hawkins Garby"; publisher Southgate Press. A revised edition by Smith alone was published by Pyramid Books in 1958 and reissued many times. From 2007 the original by Garby and Smith has been in print again.

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