...comes a classic space travel story from Canadian A.E van Vogt.
The Voyage of the Space Beagle is a fix up, that is a novel put together from stories previously published in magazine format,in this case Astounding Stories. Asimov follwed a similar path with his Foundation novels. This book concerns a group of explorers travelling through space,encountering strange lifeforms, very much in the mould of Star Trek which would come much later.
Also part of the book is said to have been the inspiration for the movie Alien. In fact there was a lawsuit involved,van Vogt settling out of court apparently.
By the way, I have read Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle many years ago-this is not a sequel ;)
Well now that I've read it all that I'll add is I loved this book! There were parts of the book that were a bit wooden in the descriptions but well, this IS golden age stuff (the stories were first published in a magazine in the 1940s,and 'assembled' in book form in 1950)