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Seaton, Richard. Richard Seaton was created by E.E. “Doc” Smith (“Storm” Cloud, Kimball Kinnison) and appeared in four stories in Amazing Stories, Astounding Stories of Super Science, and IF Worlds of Science Fiction from 1928 to 1965, beginning with "The Skylark of Space" (Amazing Stories, Aug. 1928).

Richard Seaton is raised in northern Idaho by a backwoodsman but grows up to be an avid reader and athlete and takes his doctorate in "physical chemist." While working at the Rare Metals Lab in Washington, D.C., Seaton discovers Metal X, an antigravity element. With his friend Martin Reynolds Seaton uses Metal X to set up a corporation. Seaton and Reynols they build a spaceship, the Skylark. Unfortunately, rival scientist "Blackie" DuQuesne steals Seaton's plans, builds his own spaceship, and kidnaps Seaton's girlfriend, Dorothy Vaneman. They take off, followed two days later by Seaton and Reynolds. DuQuesne's ship malfunctions, and all aboard are taken on to the Skylark. They search through various systems for copper, the source of their power, they encounter various aliens, and then they become entangled in a war in the far-distant world of Osnome. They return to Earth, but DuQuesne bothers them again in future stories, forcing Seaton, Reynolds, and the Skylarks Three and Four to stop DuQuesne as well as an alien race bent on destroying the Earth.

* I'm including the Richard Seaton stories in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because once upon a time they were historically important. Back in the pre-WW2 years, when the dedicated sf pulp readers tended to be unified in their views of what constituted good literature, the Seaton stories were important, with "The Skylark of Space" being seen as one of the greatest stories ever. That view faded with time and maturity, but it's undeniable that the Seaton stories were influential on the science fiction of the following decade, for better and for worse. 

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