Calling Sergeant Van Buskirk

When I read that nearly three dozen extrasolar planets have been found, “some just five times the mass of Earth and others five times heftier than giant Jupiter” I had the random thought that one of them might become the future home of those formidable Dutch Valerians.

As you’ll remember from Galactic Patrol, “Sergeant Peter van Buskirk led the storming party of Valerians-men of human ancestry, but of extraordinary size, strength, and agility because of the enormous gravitation of the planet Valeria-in wiping out those of the pirate crew not killed in the battle between the two vessels.”