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Curtis Newton, wizard of science, and his trio of Futuremen blaze a trail across the stars to forestall the coup of Dr. Zarro - leader of a legion of peril!

Captain Future flies into action, displaying the most exciting aspects of science fiction. Although modeled to a degree after Doc Savage, Captain Future is also the ultimate space opera hero. Coming complete with not only a tragic, yet inspiring origin story driving him into defending interstellar justice, everyone and everything Curt Newton encounters is colorful, vibrant, and over the top, definite trademarks of the best space opera. Captain Future is the roving marshal of the spaceways, supported by the Futuremen, the best deputies the universe has to offer.

Ready to battle with fists and weapons if he has to, Captain Future also has other skills that often come into play. Curtis Newton isn't simply smart, but he shows compassion throughout the series, for those around him and aliens new to him. Unlike many science fiction heroes, Captain Future doesn't assume that a new being he encounters is evil just because they are different. Many of the conflicts are simply misunderstandings and Captain Future proves himself as strong a diplomat as he is a fighter.

A space hero most definitely requires a spacecraft, and Captain Future's was one of the most memorable. Leaving its own distinctive rocket trail across the stories, the Comet was the ultimate ship for the perilous, mysterious missions the Captain and his companions undertook. From fighting battles above strange planets to studying strange minerals and new alien races, the craft was fully equipped with whatever might be needed.

Rocket into science fiction adventure and discover new worlds. Ripped from the pages of the Spring 1940 issue of Captain Future magazine, "Calling Captain Future" is read with wonder and excitement by Milton Bagby.

©1940 Better Publications, Inc (P)2016 RadioArchives.com

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Much better than it has any right to be.

I got this as some background reading for an Old Solar System project I'm working on, and it was exactly what I expected. Captain Future is pulp trash, but decently well written pulp trash. The ludicrous plot is better paced and structured than in some much more well-regarded works I could mention, and the exotic settings are described with verve. The narrator is excellent, and brings a bit of that mid-century radio style to his reading. But this is, in the end, a book thay you absolutely can judge by its cover. If you 're the kind of person who finds something called "Captain Future: Man of Tomorrow" enticing, you probably will get a few cheap thrills out of it. If you're hoping that maybe that title hides something with a bit more depth, well, it doesn't.