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Islands of Space

by John W. Campbell, Jr.

Cover artist: McKeon

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1965

Cover price: 45¢


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Cover tagline

Their space-drive engine shattered the intergalactic barriers

Back cover text

"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 concept was simple; to make it plausible wasn't — unless you were John Campbell.

"with this out-of-space drive they hightail it among the stars. They locate the fugitive planets of the Black Star ... find a frozen cemetery-world of a lost race ... then head out for another galaxy ... and wind up in a knock-down-drag-out interplanetary war in the other galaxy."
— P. Schuyler Miller, Astounding Science Fiction

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Interior text

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...."

Arcot pushed the control lever all the way to full power. The ship filled with the strain of flowing energy, and sparks snapped in the air of the control room as they raced at an inconceivable speed through the darkness of intergalactic space.

But suddenly, far off their left and far to their right, they saw two shining ships paralleling their course! They held grimly to the course of the Earth ship, bracketing it like an official guard.

The Earth scientists stared at them in wonder. "Lord," muttered Morey, "where can they have come from?"