Great Secret, The: An Intergalactic Tale of Madness, Obsession, and Startling Revelations
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Fanner Marston is on the verge of uncovering the key to gaining absolute control over the universe. The only problem is, he’s certifiably insane—a crazed Peter Lorre on a power trip. Driven by greed and lust for power, all he cares about is reaching the ancient city of Parva—and finding The Great Secret of absolute power. But the writing’s on the walls of Parva—and you won’t believe what it says.
By the spring of 1938, Hubbard’s stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a “master of the art of narrative.” Hubbard’s editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to genres that were new, and essentially foreign, to him—science fiction and fantasy. The rest is SciFi history.
Also includes the Science Fiction adventures, The Space Can, in which a decrepit space battleship is a civilian fleet’s only defense; The Beast, the tale of a hunter in the jungles of Venus, chasing an immoral beast; and The Slaver, in which an alien race has enslaved the human race, but can’t repress the power of human love.
“Serves as a wonderful introduction to the breadth of Hubbard’s output.” —Comic Buyers Guide