Author: Edmond Hamilton
Original language: English
Publication date: 1929
Nearly a century before the racks of mass-market books were flooded with media tie-ins for franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. (and ten years before E.E. “Doc” Smith created the Lensmen), Edmond Hamilton pioneered and popularized the concept of a galactic peacekeeping force.
Hamilton’s first crack at the concept in “Crashing Suns” has his band of heroes confined to the solar system as the “Interplanetary Patrol.” With “The Star Stealers,” Hamilton takes his notion of a stellar police force to the distant cosmic shores as the “Interstellar Patrol.”