Just came across a really cool old science fiction novel from the 40s called The Legion of Space (wikipedia). I like it for several reasons, the most obvious being that it’s from the freaking 40s and is yet so advanced in narrative. I find it poignant that someone who was so forward thinking in applying real themes to the then dreamy genre of scifi also saw fit to casually drop names heavily influenced by the Arabic language (Habibula, Kalam). Reminds me of JRR Tolkien using exotic European languages as the basis for his Middle Earth tongues. Fun!
Evil jellyfish aliens, beautiful blond protectors of doomsday devices, and a lockpicking Falstaff. What’s not to love?