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The February 1930 issue of Astounding Stories of Super-Science continues, with a fairly short story called “Into Space”, one of two in this issue by Captain Sterner St. Paul Meek (under two different pseudonyms).

Science having progressed, you probably don’t want to use this story to help you with your physics homework. But everything is related to Irregular Webcomic.

“Into Space” by Sterner St. Paul

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Btw, this story includes a short bit of racist but relatively non-malicious dialogue. I tried to turn it on itself in my reading, so that the stereotyped character was making a joke at the expense of stereotype. One of the hazards of reading stories from the past is encountering bad attitudes from the past, though, and I want you to know that I’m not ignorant of that, agreeing with the author’s attitude, or trying to pretend it’s not there. I’m just trying to get over rough ground as lightly as possible. That’s one of the legitimate uses of a reader’s powers of interpretation.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, as we find out there’s no excuse not to try and be devoted, but that you also have a perfect right to live a devoted life in the way most appropriate for you. So there.

You’re having some technical terminology thrown at you, and concepts are being expressed in ways not usually used today. Don’t panic. Charity is “caritas”, love of God and neighbor. “Perfect” does not mean you never ever make any mistakes; it’s the biblical “perfect”, which is more like “totally equipped for the job” or “complete and well-rounded”. A lot of this stuff will be defined for you later in the text. Don’t panic.

Book 1, Chapter 3: Devotion is suitable to all kinds of professions and vocations.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, as we learn more about devotion to God and why it’s so great.

Book 1, Chapter 2: The Properties and Excellence of Devotion.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life starts with an important question — What is being devout, anyway? (And what just looks like it?)

Book 1, Chapter 1: Description of True Devotion.

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As requested a long time back, I’m beginning to read An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. This is a very interesting advice book on how to live a life of more devoted love of God, no matter what you do for a living and no matter how much time you have available. Popular with Protestants as well as Catholics, this is a real classic and has been translated into tons of languages over the last few centuries.

St. Francis de Sales was one of the lucky guys picked to go into Calvin Country and evangelize people back to Catholicism, while trying not to get killed. What fun! Well, if you were St. Francis de Sales, it was. He was one of those people who are almost ludicrously perky and happy in their work (after a miraculous conversion from despair and becoming a lawyer, so don’t hate him). He’s also a heck of a writer, and was made a patron saint of writers and journalists.

I know I usually advise people to read the introductions and forewords and prefaces last, because they’re usually boring or contain spoilers. But this preface is actually interesting and useful, and was written by the author — so it’s the exception.

Preface

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The February 1930 issue of Astounding Stories of Super-Science continues, and so does “Creatures of the Light”. It’s time for a thrilling conclusion, and there’s nothing science fiction loves better than building a world and then taking it apart….

You can find more stories by Sophie Wenzel Ellis at ISFDB and FictionMags.

“Creatures of the Light”, Part 4.

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The February 1930 issue of Astounding Stories of Super-Science continues, and so does “Creatures of the Light”. Time to visit the Baby Lab, and bring new meaning to “growing up too fast”.

“Creatures of the Light”, Part 3.

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