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Gold in the Sky

Alan Edward Nourse

Book Overview: 

These Five Stories were written by Alan Edward Nourse, an American science fiction author and physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. His science fiction works generally focused on medicine and/or psionics. Psionics refers to the practice, study, or psychic ability of using the mind to induce paranormal phenomena. Examples of this include telepathy, telekinesis, and other workings of the outside world through the psyche. (Summary From Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Time was the factor uppermost in their minds. They knew that even under the best of conditions, it could take weeks to outfit and prepare for a run out to the Belt. A ship had to be leased and fueled; there were supplies to lay in. There was the problem of clearance to take care of, claims to be verified and spotted, orbit coordinates to be computed and checked ... a thousand details to be dealt with, anyone of which might delay embarkation from an hour to a day or more.

It was not surprising that Tom and Greg were dubious when Johnny told them they could be ready to clear ground in less than twenty-four hours. Even knowing that Merrill Tawney might already have a mining crew at work on Roger Hunter's claims, they could not believe that the red tape of preparation and clearance could be cut away so swiftly.

They underestimated Johnny Coombs.

Six hours after he left them, he was back with a signed lease giving them the use of a scout-ship and fue. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A space adventure set on Mars and the asteroid belt. It's a novella rather than novel length but well paced. The imagery and concepts seem fairly dated, though. Inertia is still a problem, but they apparently have artificial gravity. The predominant weapon is the adjustable strength stunner, though

Still an entertaining yarn, even though the science is out-of-date and many of the plot twists seem hokey nowadays. Nourse knew how to write, and that makes up for it all.

Three star books are really difficult. I found this an OK read but definitely not my favourite book. It was fairly exciting in some places. However there were times when the author was obviously trying to build suspense, but a bit unsuccessfully. It just left me think thinking "just get on with it".

Future miners, argumentative brothers make good to revenge the death of their pops. Villain totally foiled, snap, etc.