|Front and back cover of my slightly water-damaged copy|
|Don't you dare call it pulp|
Our man Curt quickly modifies his space ship so that he can travel "two thousand times the speed of light," and he and his team (the "Futuremen") blast off from their moon base to find the "Birthplace of Matter." The Futuremen include Simon Wright, AKA "The Brain," a genius scientist whose brain was removed from a decaying body and placed in a levitating box, Otho the synthetic man who broods because he is different from natural men, and Grag, the seven foot tall robot.
|Winter 1942 publication|
Quest Beyond the Stars is a good example of 1940s SF; it glamorizes science and scientists while still primarily being a swashbuckling adventure. I found it a diverting entertainment; as a kid I loved laser gun shootouts and space naval battles a la Star Wars and Space Battleship Yamato, and I guess I still do. Quest Beyond the Stars might also deserve some diversity points--while it is true that our hero is a redhead and he rescues a blonde princess from vicious non-whites, the princess is a brave leader of soldiers and among Newton's comrades are courageous and honorable red and blue people.
|If I'd had these books I might today still be in NYC, a titan of Wall Street or a dean at Columbia|