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Satellite E One

by Jeffery Lloyd Castle

Cover artist: Paul Lehr

Publisher: Bantam

Pub year: 1958

Cover price: 35¢


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Cover tagline

The prophetic novel of the man whose restless genius first conquered space and made it habitable

Back cover text

Man-made satellites were the province of fantasy and science fiction just a short while ago. Now they are the common coin of newspaper headlines.

Told in the words of the first space pioneer, here is a vivid novel about a successful expedition through the airless, waterless, gravity-less regions of outer space — a story charged with the unknown, unimaginable dangers of the ultimate frontier.

By the time you hold this book in your hand, this story too may be front page headlines because science fiction and fact are meeting right now!

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Interior text

Learning to walk on air

Preparing for a trip to E One meant more than being fitted out with a fancy space suit. It meant learning to walk again — without the help of gravity!

My first attempt was an utter failure. Every step turned into a bounce, and before I knew it I was off on a buoyant trip into nothing. I eventually floated to the ground, but the slight impact of landing was enough to start me bumping and bouncing crazily again. My arms and legs seemed to be separate entities, unattached to my body. Every movement, once started, continued airily until stopped by a deliberate muscular effort. I looked like a cowpuncher at a rodeo!

In a week I would be the first space pioneer. But right now I was as helpless as a one-year-old.