Science Fiction History: 1928 First Galactic Adventure Skylark of Space
About the 1928 sci-fi novel The Skylark of Space by Garby and Smith, the first galactic adventure novel.
--1928. Lee H. Garby and E. E. Smith (invariably described during the earlier part of his literary career as "E. E. Smith, Ph.D.") in The Skylark of Space produced the 1st galactic adventure story. Afterward, and without Garby, "Doc" Smith, a grain chemist somewhat unkindly (if accurately) described by author Brian Aldiss as "a doughnut-mix specialist," went on, via The Skylark of Valeron and other novels, to become one of the best-known, best-liked, and best- (or worst-) imitated figures in the science fiction of the '30s and '40s. He may be said to have invented "space opera" as we know it (or knew it): huge armadas charging through the interstellar darkness, galactic empires at war, vast distances, infinite sources of power, and clean-cut heroes.