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Sabotage in Space

Carey Rockwell

Book Overview: 

This book is part of the on-going adventures of Tom Corbett in the Space Cadet Stories. Tom, Astro and Roger are determined to find the saboteurs but get framed in the process, risking court martial and expulsion from the Space Academy.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . into the darkness and unslung the paralo-ray rifle from his shoulder, bringing it around to firing position. "Advance and be recognized," he said flatly.

Nothing moved. Even the air seemed still.

"Advance and be recognized," Roger ordered again. Still nothing moved. The cadet glanced around quickly in the direction of the guardhouse where he knew there was a communicator to the sergeant of the guard. Should he call for help? He decided against it and moved forward toward the noise he had heard, his finger poised on the trigger of the paralo-ray gun.

"Advance and be recognized," he called again. As he walked slowly between the huge packing cases piled outside the newly constructed hangar, he saw a shadowy movement to his left. He raised the deadly ray gun, and his finger tightened on the trigger.

"Advance and be recognized," he said over the sights of the gun.[Pg 38]


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Community Reviews

This is an interesting old sci-fi boys' tale. The story is pretty bland, really, and Tom Corbett really fails to capture my attention at all. The world is really inconsistent and punishments and rewards from Tom's peers seem totally arbitrary and unrelated to his performance, be it good or bad.

The f

Great story!

Typically all Tom Corbett stories follow a basic outline, but this one is a touch better. Worth the quick read.

For my money, the Tom Corbett books are more exciting and interesting than much of today's YA and movie science fiction. The science is certainly iffy in spots, but at least they tried to capture the sense of wonder of real science. This volume introduced some ethical dilemmas that the space cadets

Interesting that the new technology in this story is similar to what Amazon is planning today!

This is the next-to-last volume in the Space Cadet series. It presents some ethical questions, similar to the kind of thing that Heinlein would soon do in his juvenile works, and also kept the action at a fine pace. I didn't much like the character of Alfie, but I suppose he fulfilled a necessary ro