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In Salvage in Space, a spaceman who ekes out a living by mining precious metals from meteors comes across an incredible find - a ship drifting in space with no one aboard. When he gets inside, he finds that there is actually one creature he recognizes alive - a very frightened dog - and one he does not recognize because he cannot see it: an invisible alien that seems to have destroyed and somehow disposed of the entire crew. Now he and the dog must find a way to defeat this indivisible foe or face the same fate.
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By Joel D Offenberg on 12-20-10
Jack Williamson was a classic pulp sci-fi writer, and this plot is one of the hoary best, but the treatment is so-so.
The plot: a sole traveler in interstellar space finds a derelict spacecraft with no crew except one living dog and one preserved young woman's body...and an invisible something...
Written in 1933, this is a very early take on an oft-repeated plot. I generally like Williamson's writing, which makes this a pretty enjoyable version, but the plot is quite predictable.
Jim Roberts' narration subtracts from the story. He doesn't sound like he is narrating, but reciting---and giving a pretty monotonous, plodding recitation at that. This is the second or third book I've gotten narrated by him, and I've been uniformly disappointed by his reading.
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