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Islands of Space

John Wood Campbell

Book Overview: 

As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies, Arcot, Wade, Morey and Fuller could see below them, like a vast shining horizon, the mass of stars that formed their own island universe. Morey worked a moment with his slide rule, then said, "We made good time! Twenty-nine light years in ten seconds! Yet you had it on at only half power.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . when they decided they would be safe in using the space strain drive and throwing the ship into hyperspace.

Morey was in the hyperspace control room, watching the instruments there. They were ready!

"Hold on!" called Arcot. "Here we go—if at all!" He reached out to the control panel before him and touched the green switch that controlled the molecular motion machines. The big power tubes cut off, and their acceleration ceased. His fingers pushed a brilliant red switch—there was a dull, muffled thud as a huge relay snapped shut.

Suddenly, a strange tingling feeling of power ran through them—space around them was suddenly black. The lights dimmed for an instant as the titanic current that flowed through the gigantic conductors set up a terrific magnetic field, reacting with the absorption plates. The power seemed to climb rapidly to a maximum—then, quite suddenly, it was gone.

The ship was quiet. No one spoke.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

‘John Campbell’s book was written as a sequel to ‘The Black Star Passes… and believe me, it was a world-beater in those days.

‘Arcot, Wade, Morey and their computer, Fuller, put together a ship which will travel faster than light… they give us what may have been the first space-warp drive. The concep

3.5 Stars.

If H.G. Wells laid the first big step on the stairway into the cosmos, the next was laid in its place by John W. Campbell Jr., whose name is titanic in science fiction history but particularly in the Golden Age of the 30's and 40's. In David Hartwells Treasury of Science Fiction, the entry

I took a chance on this one, even though I absolutely hated
The Black Star Passes
. I wouldn't go so far as to call this book good, but it's imminently more readable than the first book in the series. The heroes, rich as hell from their inventions, whip up a faster-than-light ship and decide to g

The book itself is a piece of history, always a favorite of my childhood, when I fell in love with the idea of a starship being developed by independent scientists working for an industrial company, who tok off across the galaxy for wild adventures without involving the government or the military. S

Suffers from some of the same issues in The Black Star Passes with being overly technical and lacking in characterization, but this sequel is definitely a step up in terms of the story. Overall it contains more excitement and was worth the listen.

Not a bad little story this, another one that lent itself to good visuals whilst reading and would also make a good movie or tv show.

Incredibly prescient. A wonderful read.

Just think about it. Here's a guy, John Campbell, writing about intergalactic travel in 1929! This is the time when we were just beginning to understand the size and true composition of the universe. These are the days of Edwin Hubble. This was WAY before Fred

One of the great pleasures of reading Astounding/Analog magazine back in the day was John W. Campbell's editorials. He'd come up with the germ of an idea for a story that was simultaneously scientific and tantalizing. The mission, back then, was to focus minds on the stars, on the future, on somethi

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