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Dixie Normus posts on 8/24/2010 10:32:08 PM
Got to gloat!!
Just walked into a used book store to browse. Found a copy of "The Star Conquerors". Ex library, but in remarkable condition. The cover illistration is rubbed pretty badly but still prominate. The pages only slightly yellowed, but none torn or bent. It's a stated first edition but without the Alex S. end papers. John C. Winston Company copyright 1959. This copy does not have the rocket logo on the spine but does inside on the first page. It is not a Junior Literary Edition, but is slightly smaller than I would expect for a Winston first edition. Tell me what I have found?
Tony Wyngaard posts on 7/22/2010 11:14:55 PM
Looking for a book written by Ben Bova around 1966. Don't Know the name. Any help.
Bill posts on 12/26/2007 6:14:21 AM
I've got an old copy here somewhere. I read it as a boy and from time to time I find myself going back and reading it again. I've probably read it 4 or 5 times. I wish they'd make it into a movie, I think it would be great.
Jeff Jackson posts on 1/22/2007 2:27:18 AM
I just downloaded a version of Star Conquerors and I am ready to begin reading it for the first time since I was a little boy. I picked it up off the library shelf the same day they received it and it has been one of the best stories I have found to read. I look forward to reading it all over again. Thanks Ben for allowing me to share in the joy of this story again.
James Mars posts on 10/16/2006 4:35:59 PM
the Arena star trek episode had the hero battling a lizard creature and a omnipotent creature at the end saying that we had potential.
posts on 10/13/2006 7:53:30 PM
you have been asked not to do by the man that gave it to you free... in honor is that not good enough?
posts on 10/13/2006 3:16:52 PM
Notes on a few recents posts:
I don't see any relationship to the Arena episode and Star Trek. Am I missing something?
As far as breaking copyright if the text is edited, that is not true. When one publishes an edited version of original text, one merely copyrights the new version. You might want to have Mr Bova check out his facts.
I still find this novel to be the best thing the author ever wrote. Unlike his later novels it is not padded to the max.
posts on 10/11/2006 5:01:05 PM
anyone ever wonder how much star trek seems to borrow from this novel. especially the "arena" episode.
posts on 10/10/2006 12:04:40 AM
I just finished reading the Star Conquerors for the first time since the 1960s. It took a while longer since I could not dedicate the time to reading as I could when I was young. Although I could see why Ben Bova would be hesitant to reissue, it still was an enjoyable read, just as I enjoyed rereading the Tarzan series, and other novels of my youth. That is probably the reason why used copies of it sale for so much on ebay and book vendors. One thing that came to mind was that it still had a good premise even after all these years, but the ending was rushed. Now that Mr. Bova is a seasoned and experienced writer, he should revisit the plot and flesh it out to maybe a trilogy. Just an idea.
Thanks again for making it available after all these years.
posts on 9/21/2006 11:06:30 AM
as stated it is a freee product, any editing will break copyright.
and this system is odd.. the po pu ps are horrible.
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