Author: Edmond Hamilton
Original language: English
Publication date: 1929
Standing at the controls, beside me, the silent steersman raised his hand for a moment to point forward through the pilot room’s transparent wall.
“Canopus at last,” he said, and I nodded. Together, and in silence, we gazed ahead.
Before and around us there stretched away the magnificent panorama of interstellar space, familiar enough to our eyes but ever new, a vast reach of deep black sky dotted thickly with the glittering hosts of stars. The blood-red of Antares, the pale green of great Sirius, the warm, golden light of Capella, they flamed in the firmament about us like spendid jewels of light. And dead ahead there shone the one orb that dwarfed and dimmed all the others, a titanic radiant white sun whose blazing circle seemed to fill the heavens before us, the mighty star of Canopus, vastest of all the Galaxy’s thronging suns…