Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 122 pages.

The Great Secret (Stories from the Golden Age) (Stories from the Golden Age) - L. Ron Hubbard

Fanner Marston would bring a new era, a day when spaceships no longer had to land in seas to save themselves from being shattered, when men would be hampered no longer in combating the atmospheres of many uninhabitable planets. The wealth of the Universe would bow to his command like vassals. For there, glittering in the sunset, was Parva--Parva, the city of the Great Secret.

 

Well, if that isn't one of the nerdiest "take over the universe" scifi plots I've read... Keeping NASA's expenses down comes first over personal wealth, gotta love it.