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The Star Lord by Boyd Ellanby takes readers on an enthralling intergalactic adventure. Set in the future, this science fiction novel offers an intriguing exploration of advanced technology, extraterrestrial life, and the complex moral dilemmas that come with it.

The story revolves around the protagonist, John Grant, a gifted scientist who becomes the first human to make contact with an alien race called the Zurbans. Grant's encounter with the Zurbans grants him incredible powers, including the ability to control energy and matter. As he grapples with his newfound abilities and the responsibility they entail, Grant quickly realizes that being the Star Lord, as the Zurbans call him, comes with its fair share of challenges.

One of the book's strongest aspects is the detailed world-building. Ellanby constructs a vivid and imaginative universe filled with unique alien races, advanced technology, and intricate political dynamics. By meticulously describing the various alien civilizations and their interactions, the author successfully immerses readers in this fascinating and believable futuristic setting.

Moreover, the exploration of ethical questions adds depth to the narrative. As Grant attempts to navigate the weight of his powers and the expectations placed upon him, he finds himself torn between different factions vying for control over the universe. The author skillfully highlights the potential consequences of unchecked power, as Grant grapples with how his actions affect not only his own destiny but also the fate of entire civilizations.

The pacing of The Star Lord is well-balanced, interspersing fast-paced action sequences with introspective moments of contemplation. Ellanby's prose flows smoothly, painting vivid imagery and engaging readers with well-crafted dialogue that adds dimension to the characters. While some of the character development could have been more extensive, the book compensates for this with its intricate and captivating plot.

One minor flaw of the novel is that certain sections may feel slightly exposition-heavy, particularly during detailed explanations of scientific concepts. However, the author's effort to ground the story in scientific plausibility is commendable, and these moments ultimately contribute to the book's overall authenticity.

In conclusion, The Star Lord is an engrossing science fiction novel that combines elements of adventure, ethics, and interstellar politics. Boyd Ellanby successfully creates a rich and captivating universe, transporting readers to a future where sentient aliens and powerful technologies shape the fate of civilizations. Despite occasional instances of exposition, the book is an enjoyable read that will delight fans of the genre.

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This etext was produced from Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy June 1953. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.


By Boyd Ellanby


To some passengers a maiden voyage was a pleasure cruise; to others it meant a hope for new life. Only the Captain knew of its danger!

The Star Lord waited, poised for her maiden voyage. The gigantic silvery spindle, still cradled in its scaffoldings, towered upwards against the artificial sky of Satellite Y.


The passengers were beginning to come on board before Captain Josiah Evans had finished checking the reports of his responsible officers. The ship was ready for space, now, and there was nothing more he could do until takeoff. With long, deliberate steps he walked to his cabin, closed the door, and in the privacy he had come to regard as the greatest luxury life had to offer him, he sank into his chair and reached for the post bag which had been delivered by the morning's rocket ferry from earth.

There were no personal letters for him. He rarely received any and never really expected any, for his career had always been more important to him than personal ties. Shoving aside the official documents, he picked up the small brown parcel, slit the pliofilm covering with his pocket knife, and inspected the red leather cover with its simple title: Ley's Rockets and Space Ships... Continue reading book >>

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