Best Read [E.E. "Doc" Smith Mark Douglas Nelson] ☆ Spacehounds of IPC: A Space Tale of the Inter-Planetary Corporation || [Classics Book] PDF ↠
Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM By E.E. "Doc" Smith Mark Douglas Nelson

When the Inter Planetary Corporation s IPC crack liner IPV Arcturus took off on a routine flight to Mars, it turned out to be the beginning of a unexpected and long voyage There had been too many reports of errors in ship s flight positions from the Check Stations and brilliant physicist Dr Percival Steve Stevens is aboard the Arcturus on a fact finding mission tWhen the Inter Planetary Corporation s IPC crack liner IPV Arcturus took off on a routine flight to Mars, it turned out to be the beginning of a unexpected and long voyage There had been too many reports of errors in ship s flight positions from the Check Stations and brilliant physicist Dr Percival Steve Stevens is aboard the Arcturus on a fact finding mission to find out what s really happening, and hopefully save the honor of the brave pilots of the space liner Arcturus from the desk jockeys in the Check Stations implications of imprecision the nastiest insult you could cast at a ships pilot He and the pilots are right, it was the Check Stations that were out of position, not the ships But that s cold consolation because before the Arcturus reaches Mars it s attacked by a small, mysterious, globe shaped spaceship.Total running time 9 hours, 42 minutes
  • Title: Spacehounds of IPC: A Space Tale of the Inter-Planetary Corporation
  • Author: E.E. "Doc" Smith Mark Douglas Nelson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Audiobook

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Dave Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
This is my first encounter with E.E. "Doc" Smith (not counting the anime adaptation of Lensman, which I am assured bears little resemblance to the novels). Anachronisms aside, this was a pretty engaging listen (I found it as a free podcast from Uvula Audio, who puts out a staggering array of work for both children and adults- check them out at uvulaaudio/). It was really two stories- the first half of the book focuses on a pair of shipwrecked survivors of an unexpected attack on an interstellar [...]
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Kat Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Aliens, esoteric weapons, physics, romance! A fun, old-fashioned, outer space romp.
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bkwurm Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Unfortunately this book did not age well. While the author cannot be blamed for his failure to foresee the internet or the PC or any of the advances that science has since made in understanding the universe, the result is a story that I found very alien in its references to fourth order beams, a habitable Mars and nearly habitable Venus, warrior scientists and humans native to Jupiter's and Saturn's moons. For those familiar with the author's other works, some of the concepts like the serpentine [...]
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Brian Greiner Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
I read this after I read the author's 'Lensmen' series, although Spacehounds was written somewhat earlier. To be honest, I loved all the Lensmen books, and re-read them every so often. Spacehounds is well, the term 'purple prose' probably fits it best. However, to be fair, it does reflect the era that it was written in, and SF was very new as a genre. So, OK, the prose is florid and the writing style is florid and all that, but it does show some writing talent and promise for better things. Whi [...]
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Adam Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Doc Smith considered this novel to be one of his strongest in terms of science, which might've been accurate in c.1930. The story physics and setting have aged badly, but it's still a fun read, in a swash-buckling in space kind of way, like all Doc Smith. It does have one of the earliest fictional references to beam propulsion, which is being actively researched by the "Breakthrough Starshot Initiative". The original serialization is available on "Project Gutenberg" and it has a nice hat-tip to [...]
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Richard Abbott Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Having recently enjoyed Astor’s A Journey in Other Worlds I thought I would revisit Spacehounds of IPC and Triplanetary as examples of the next science fiction developmental stage on. They are separate books, not part of Smith’s two long Skylark and Lensman series, and although not strictly linked, they do share a common vision of Earth’s future. Note that Triplanetary is the 1934 serialised novel, not the 1948 novel of the same title which opens the Lensman series. In many ways the tales [...]
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Neal Dench Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
This is old school pulp sci-fi in its rawest sense. Written in the 30s, when spaceflight was described in ways that made it feel like sea-travel, but without the water, and written long enough ago that, in the context of this story, a computer is a person that performs the calculations for a spaceflight, rather than the electronic box of tricks we're familiar with. The plot is quite fun, totally unrealistic, and really the main reason one reads these old pulp novels anyway. After an ambush in sp [...]
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Tazio Bettin Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Bombastic does not even begin to describe it.There is hardly one single line of dialogue, especially between the two protagonists, that is not overflowing with cheesy epiteths like "ace of my bosom", "my little dove" and other rather ridiculous exclamations.The story isn't so bad. Of course, the scientific knowledge of the time makes for a rather funnily ingenuous story, which is not unlike reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' martian chronicles. But there are some original ideas, like the inhabitants [...]
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Darth Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Ususally the Doc Smith books are bad science, good fiction. And I REALLY wanted to like this book, as I think of myself as a fan of pulp sci-fi But this was just SO bad I couldnt find anything redeeming about it. The science was of course badly dated, and embellished badly, even for the time it was written in. The fiction was wooden and uninteresting. The dialogue was so over wrought with gitchy dated phrasing as to make you reread some parts to figure WTF he was talking about. OH! And I think I [...]
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Tiffany Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
I rate this book 1 star, and that's being generous by allowing for the era in which it was written. Silly concepts, sexist and patronising toward women and simple, simple storytelling. It starts with whole pages of dialogue and discourse from the main male protagonist in an attempt to tell the story. It assumes the reader is stupid so he has to show how smart he is by boasting to the main female protagonist about how much he knows. Then, as EE 'Doc' Smith progresses into the story it becomes laz [...]
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Red Siegfried Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Observations so far: Contrary to popular belief, Smith is pretty accurate in his portrayal of chicks. I think some people have some skewed perceptions about girls, especially the silly jades in Smith's books. If you're one of the politically correct individuals laboring under one or more of these sad delusions about babes, allow me to enlighten you. The first mistake folks like you usually make is thinking that any of this has anything to do with reality. Your second mistake may be believing tha [...]
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Bhakta Jim Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Badly, badly dated.If you enjoy Star Trek you should know that Roddenbery owes a great debt to E.E. Smith, and Star Wars owes more to him than it ever did to Joseph Campbell.Having said that . . .In this story every planet and moon in the solar system is inhabited. A "computer" is a job for a human being. Space ships run on broadcast power. Relations between men and women have not advanced even to where they were when the story was written. Space ships have VERY thick armor to protect themselves [...]
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Stephan Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
For me, it's the archetype of the planetary adventure story. It has heroes (and even a heroine, of course properly deferential to her hero, but quite able to kick butt otherwise), technobabble, alien cultures (the running commentary on the boxing match between 10-armed aliens is fantastic) and all kinds of space ships, force planes, and cosmic energy. Not a "good book", but a book that entertainingly manages to represent a whole genre. It's also out of copyright and available for free from Proje [...]
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Nathan Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
This is classic Space Opera from the genre creator, E.E."Doc" Smith). It hooked me right away, when the crew are bitching about management riding their ass to keep interplanetary space trips on schedule +-30 seconds. Fantasizing about how much easier it would be if they could afford a computer on each ship. Travel between planets - no problem. Buying a computer for each ship - whoa let's not get crazy futuristic here :)
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CarlPalmateer Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
If you don't like classic SciFi you won't like this. If you do, it is vintage gold. As usual "Doc" Smith uses the full range of the English language while being dated in some of his slang. His cultural concepts will jar modern sensibilities as well and yet many of his concepts would have jarred his time as well. Read it, enjoy it.
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Timothy James Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
If you want an exciting space adventure this is worth a read. The attitudes are certainly dated and the writing is very flowery which may grate with some readers. The astronomical knowledge is out of date and the science is speculative, based on outdated theories, but it is a fast moving and exciting story and if you can cope with all its faults it is good fun to read.
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Denis Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Well, here's the straight dope. The solar system is way smaller than we once thought Mars, Venus, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn are inhabited and just being explored. A woman finds that there is nothing more sexy than a burly physicists. Landing one of them is "all X".Spacehounds of IPC is not E.E. doc Smith's best work but it is good pre-Campbell Jr. sf fun.
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Tom Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
"Doc" E. E. Smith is, if you enjoy S.F. and its history, required reading. His prose isn't exceptional and his plot-lines are often predictable. However, the reading is good, (squeaky) clean fun and shows the scientific optimism of early S.F. writers well. Pick up a copy next time you have a plane or car trip. It's a great way to leisurely pass the time.
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Stephen Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Quaint and very dated, but an enjoyable tale of derring do in space. Interesting to see an analogue view of technology from a digital world perspective. Also thie beginnings of attempts at a more equal relationship between male and female heroes compared with the current takes from stories such as Hunger Games.
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Dave Law Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Not really the best SF I have read and unfortunately it comes off as being very dated and unrealistic. I seem to recall enjoying his other stories when I was younger but this is the first one I have read in years and doesn't inspire me to re-read any of his other books.
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Jeff Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Nostalgia makes this book worth re-reading for me and nostalgia makes it, for me, not entirely un-entertaining. There's not a lot to commend this book to the modern reader who would be approaching it anew with no baggage.
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Simon Ford Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Classis pulp science fiction from the master of old fashioned space opera.
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Suzi Ketch Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Great sci-fi book. Recommend it to others.
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Peter Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Old school Space Opera series written by the doyen of space opera writes - style and content a bit dated now but still an ok read
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Robert James Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
not his best book, but I liked it
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Norman Howe Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
This light-hearted Space Opera is said to be E. E. Smith's most realistic novel. That isn't saying much, but it's a lot of fun.
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Rene Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
This is an old fashioned sci fi and adventure book from an earlier time of sci fi. The science is not quite correct but it is very fun and interesting to read.
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Lindsay Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
A light holiday read. I just wish the female characters were.er.
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Jack Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
Read this over 35 years ago
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Babete Aug 20, 2019 - 09:37 AM
( Os caçadores do espaço )
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Spacehounds of IPC: A Space Tale of the Inter-Planetary Corporation By E.E. "Doc" Smith Mark Douglas Nelson When the Inter Planetary Corporation s IPC crack liner IPV Arcturus took off on a routine flight to Mars, it turned out to be the beginning of a unexpected and long voyage There had been too many reports of errors in ship s flight positions from the Check Stations and brilliant physicist Dr Percival Steve Stevens is aboard the Arcturus on a fact finding mission tWhen the Inter Planetary Corporation s IPC crack liner IPV Arcturus took off on a routine flight to Mars, it turned out to be the beginning of a unexpected and long voyage There had been too many reports of errors in ship s flight positions from the Check Stations and brilliant physicist Dr Percival Steve Stevens is aboard the Arcturus on a fact finding mission to find out what s really happening, and hopefully save the honor of the brave pilots of the space liner Arcturus from the desk jockeys in the Check Stations implications of imprecision the nastiest insult you could cast at a ships pilot He and the pilots are right, it was the Check Stations that were out of position, not the ships But that s cold consolation because before the Arcturus reaches Mars it s attacked by a small, mysterious, globe shaped spaceship.Total running time 9 hours, 42 minutes

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