Spacehounds of IPC
- Narrated by: Arthur Vincet
- Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-21-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audioliterature
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By Townsend on 05-04-17
It is what it is.... 1947 pulp fiction!
Be forewarned. "Dated" doesn't begin to describe it. I mean, the adult woman has to ask Daddy's permission to get married! Lots of "darlings"and "dearests", and a good guy to have along in a crisis is "a square brick". Stereotypes? They had to come from somewhere, and E.E. "Doc" Smith is a primary source.
That said, for those of us who grew up on this stuff (yes, I'm old!) Spacehounds offers a fun-filled trip back to what the future used to look like. Martians, Venusians, Jovians, intelligent life on every planet, as well as several of their moons, and why can't we all just get along.
The plot mostly involves an adventurous and incredibly athletic young couple who get stranded in space and have to somehow cobble together what they need to survive while they figure out how to get home. Think The Martian, as if written 70 years ago, only the air is breathable (!) and the flora and fauna are edible. Toward the end there is a bit of interplanetary warfare. Happy ending, of course. That's not a spoiler, it was a publishing requirement back in the day.
About the narration: if this were contemporary fiction it would get at most one star, maybe negative if that were an option. It is read in a very flat, uninflected manner, with the occasional overly enthusiastic outburst. So why three stars? Because this is a trip down memory lane and that was what these stories sounded like on radio and in the old Saturday afternoon movie serials (which persisted into the 1960s in the small town where I grew up.)
Not something I would listen to over again, but amusing just this once. Actually all you modern Sci Fi fans need to read or listen to Podkayne of Mars, one or two of these, then move on to early Heinlein, Asimov, and Clarke, to see how the genre developed.
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