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The Mississippi Saucer   By: (1903-1994)

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The Mississippi Saucer by Frank Belknap Long is a captivating science fiction novel that grips readers from the very first page. Set in the heart of Mississippi, the story follows a young protagonist named Jack, whose life takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious saucer-like object crash-lands in a nearby field.

Long's writing style is both engaging and descriptive, painting a vivid picture of the rural Mississippi landscape. His attention to detail brings the scenes to life, allowing readers to feel as if they are standing right beside Jack, witnessing the events unfold. The author's world-building is particularly impressive, as he seamlessly blends elements of science fiction with the everyday life of a small-town community.

The characters in The Mississippi Saucer are well-developed and relatable. Jack is a likeable and courageous protagonist who faces numerous challenges as the story progresses. His determination to uncover the truth behind the saucer's appearance drives the narrative forward, making readers eager to discover the secrets hidden within.

One of the book's strengths lies in its suspenseful plot. Long masterfully combines elements of mystery, adventure, and alien encounters, creating an enthralling storyline that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. As the truth behind the saucer's origin begins to unravel, the tension and excitement only intensify, leading to a satisfying and unexpected conclusion.

The Mississippi Saucer also delves into deeper themes, such as curiosity, the search for truth, and the ramifications of uncovering secrets. Long seamlessly integrates these themes into the overall narrative, allowing readers to reflect on their own perceptions of the unknown and the implications it may hold.

While The Mississippi Saucer offers a captivating story, it does have moments where the pacing feels uneven. Some sections could have been condensed or expanded upon to maintain a consistent rhythm throughout the novel. Additionally, certain secondary characters could have been further developed to create a stronger impact on the overall plot.

In conclusion, The Mississippi Saucer is an enthralling science fiction novel filled with mystery, adventure, and thought-provoking themes. Frank Belknap Long's writing transports readers to the heart of Mississippi, immersing them in a world where the line between reality and the extraordinary becomes blurred. Despite minor pacing issues, this book is a must-read for fans of the genre, offering an enjoyable and thrilling journey that will leave readers eagerly awaiting more from this talented author.

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[Transcriber's Note: This eBook was produced from Weird Tales , March 1951, pp. 26 36. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

Something of the wonder that must have come to men seeking magic in the sky in days long vanished.

The Mississippi Saucer


Heading by Jon Arfstrom

By Frank Belknap Long

Jimmy watched the Natchez Belle draw near, a shining eagerness in his stare. He stood on the deck of the shantyboat, his toes sticking out of his socks, his heart knocking against his ribs. Straight down the river the big packet boat came, purpling the water with its shadow, its smokestacks belching soot.

Jimmy had a wild talent for collecting things. He knew exactly how to infuriate the captains without sticking out his neck. Up and down the Father of Waters, from the bayous of Louisiana to the Great Sandy other little shantyboat boys envied Jimmy and tried hard to imitate him.

But Jimmy had a very special gift, a genius for pantomime. He'd wait until there was a glimmer of red flame on the river and small objects stood out with a startling clarity. Then he'd go into his act.

Nothing upset the captains quite so much as Jimmy's habit of holding a big, croaking bullfrog up by its legs as the riverboats went steaming past... Continue reading book >>

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