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The Sargasso of Space

Edmond Hamilton

Book Overview: 

Helpless, doomed, into the graveyard of space floats the wrecked freighter Pallas.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .They've been collecting here ever since the first interplanetary rocket-ships went forth," Crain reminded him. "Not only meteor-wrecked ships, but ships whose mechanisms went wrong—or that ran out of fuel like ours—or that were captured and sacked, and then set adrift by space-pirates."

The Pallas by then was drifting along the wreck-pack's rim at a half-mile distance, and Kent's eyes were running over the mass.

"Some of those ships look entirely undamaged. Why couldn't we find one that has fuel in its tanks, transfer it to our own tanks, and get away?" he asked.

Crain's eyes lit. "Kent, that's a real chance! There must be some ships in that pack with fuel in them, and we can use the space-suits to explore for them!"

"Look, we're beginning to curve in around the pack now!" Liggett exclaimed.

The Pallas, as though loath to pass the wreck-pack, was curving inward to follow its rim. In the next hours it continued to . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a simple space opera from the earliest days of the science fiction pulp magazines, appearing in Astounding Stories in September 1931. Edmond Hamilton was one of the top practitioners of this sort of story. Not really a book but a short story, or maybe it qualifies as a novelette. If you are

Due to a fuel leak in its starboard engine, the interplanetary ship Pallas is stranded near Neptune and drifting toward the dreaded “dead area,” a graveyard of lost ships. Upon reaching it, the ship’s first officer, Kent, suggests to Captain Crain that they search for a ship that still has fuel in i

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Superb science fiction

This is what science fiction is meant to be, a short but superb read, when placed in the context of the times a mirror to a nautical phenomena, I wonder who else is hiding in there. Simple but it allows the imagination to paint the colors

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