Did I finish this? Honestly, no. And I don't think I ever will. I got more than halfway done, which I think was an accomplishment, considering the writing. I understand that this is important in the sci-fi canon, and that it was a precursor to many other sci-fi developments. But it is basically pulp fiction, and being that I had no nostalgic connections to it having read it the first time this year, I got nothing out of it. The hysterical woman, the "manly" men, the constant psychedelic action - it was simply too much for this reader. Because of its place as a classic on many sci-fi lists and its significance as an early sci-fi read and the first space opera, it gets an extra star and winds up with 2 instead of 1. Will I be recommending it to anyone? No, not ever, I'm afraid.