Post by Don Kuenz Post by Keith Wetzel AKA Space Cadet
Besides "Voyage of the Space Beagle" what other literary SF that are
about a crew of ship that is part of some big organization and they go
out on a voyage of exploration? Either as a stand alone story or part
of a series of stories & novels. Also are their any current series in
that vein? I am not really interested in parodies or spoofs. But just
straight forward/serious stories in that style.
Now tell me this doesn't sound like the beginning of a STOS episode.
Captain Future, Wizard of Science
Calling Captain Future by Edmond Hamilton
The Menace from Space
THE big liner Pallas throbbed through space on it regular run from Venus
to Earth. In the brightly lighted saloons of the big shop, throngs of
men and women drank, laughed, talked or danced to the haunting music of
the native Venusian orchestra.
Up in the televisor room, "Sparks" yawned over his instruments. Then the
youthful Earthman operator looked up quickly as the stocky first mate of
the liner entered the room.
"Call Earth Spaceport Four and tell them we'll dock at ten sharp
tomorrow," the mate ordered.
Sparks punched his switches, pressed the call-button. The televisor
screen broke into light. In it appeared the chief dispatcher, on duty at
Earth Spaceport 4.
The dispatcher heard the report and then nodded.
"Okay, Pallas. We'll have Dock Fifteen ready for -"
Then it happened!
The televisor went blank as an untuned wave of incredible power crowded
onto it. Then the image of a man appeared in it.
"What the devil -" Sparks gasped. The man in the screen was an
extraordinary-looking individual. He seemed an Earthman, yet his tall,
gaunt, black-clothed figure, his enormous bulging forehead and skull,
and his hypnotically burning black eyes, gave to his aspect some
indefinable but startling aura of the superman.
"Doctor Zarro calling the Solar System peoples," he rasped in a deep,
harsh voice. "People of the nine worlds, I bring you warning of a
dreadful peril - a peril which your bungling, stupid scientists have not
yet even discovered.
"A huge dark star is rushing upon our Solar System from the boundless
abyss of outer space! This colossal dead sun is coming from the
direction of the constellation Sagittarius - its exact position is Right
Ascension, seventeen hours, forty-one minutes, Declination, minus
twenty-seven degrees, forty-eight minutes. It is coming straight toward
us and will reach our System in several weeks, at its present speed.
This on-coming monster will wreck our System - unless it is turned
THE big liner Pallas throbbed through space ...