Islands of Space
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 to 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?"
JOHN W. CAMPBELL
ACE BOOKS, INC. 1120 Avenue of the Americas New York, N.Y. 10036
ISLANDS OF SPACE
Copyright, 1956, by John W. Campbell, Jr. Copyright, 1930, by Experimenter Publications, Inc.
An Ace Book, by arrangement with the author.
All Rights Reserved
Cover by McKeon
Also by John W. Campbell In Ace editions :
THE BLACK STAR PASSES (F 346) THE MIGHTIEST MACHINE (F 364)
Printed in U.S.A.
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