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4.0 out of 5 starsA 30-Page Pulp-Era Story from a Grand Master of Science Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2013
Salvage in Space, by Jack Williamson, was first published in the March (1933) issue of Astounding Stories. It is an enjoyable short story in the space-opera genre from the legendary science fiction author. Thad Allen, a meteor miner, has worked long lonely weeks in space collecting pieces and particles of iron and other valuable metals, which he welds onto the ball of metal that he refers to as the smallest planet in the solar system. He lives, sleeps and works on the ball of metal that he has constructed with only his space suit to protect him from the hostile environment of space and his magnetic boots to keep him from floating away. He is disappointed by the small amount of valuable metal that he has collected to sell for salvage and his supplies are running low, which means he will need to return to Earth very soon. Amazingly, he spots a large shiny object moving through space, which could be very lucrative for him if he can intercept it and manage to get it to port. The small rocket he attached to his ball of metal enables him to rendezvous with the object. However, his joy turns to terror once he begins trying to retrieve his salvage bonanza. This thirty-page story is a fun read, with lots of interesting science fiction and some life-threatening suspense and action.
I was a little hesitant reading a sci-fi story written in 1933. I was pleasantly surprised however. It is amazing, actually, the realism in the story. The talk of space suits and magnetic boots to stay attached to things with no gravity. There were also some funny retro things like communicating between ships using a heliograph signal mirror (instead of radio) and paper logs - no mention of computers obviously. I was surprised to see the word astronaut used also, in such an early scifi book. While I was surprised to see the author talk about needing magnetic boots due to no gravity, later in the book a rocket he is on seems to have gravity. He doesn't really say so, but he describes walking and climbing, and a dog jumping up on him, etc. Towards the end though, there is mention of "gravity plates" which when turned off eliminates the gravity.
All in all, this was a pretty good story for its day. I enjoyed it. It was good sci fi that wasn't really too corny like a lot of old sci-fi seems these days.
Due to eye issues Alexa reads to me, a very will written fantasy Sci-Fi space thriller. The one character is interesting and will developed. The story line is fast moving, violent, and complicated racing to the conclusion. I would recommend this novella to readers of Sci-Fi fantasy. Enjoy reading 🔰2021 😈
Jack Williamson is considered by many to be one of the best science fiction writers. This short story is gripping and well written, and even though it was penned in 1933 most of the facts are reasonable. This is only 31 pages long but was hard to put down until finished. I sometimes think a short story is better than a longer one because of how it needs to capture you quickly and move to a conclusion. You can find a free ebook version of this on http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29283 or on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TPVKNI/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title . I've collected a bunch of Williamson stories that are next on my reading list.
5.0 out of 5 starsOld Fashioned Tale of Bravery and Hope
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020
I love stories like this, they are timeless tales of heroes and feats of daring and bravery. Mr Williamson has long been a favorite author of mine so find new/old stories from his pen are a real treat.
2.0 out of 5 starsMissing sections? *possible spoilers*
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2016
What I read was good but this edition seemed to be missing sections of text. The end went from the main character killing the beast, to him finding a note with her name on it, to him taking the ship to Mars and waiting for her to wake up. It looked like the majority of the letter was missing in this edition. There were other instances where text just seemed to be missing but that was the most glaring.