James Blish was a popular science fiction writer and critic who began his literary career while still in his mid-teens. Not yet out of high school. City Fathers by James Blish: A set of computer systems which run every mechanical system in a city. Cities in Flight deals with long-term space travel. Cities in Flight is an omnibus, first published in , that collects together four novels by James Blish. Those novels themselves were.

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The women in particular are very thinly drawn, limited mostly to a scant physical description always judgmental: Want to Read saving….

Earthman, Come Home

This is a very clunky novel. Trivia About A Life for the St Other books in the series.

flighr Get past the first book and I think you would enjoy them AE, infact I have seen it mentioned that you could just skip the first book if you don’t like it and I would agree. Want to Read saving…. Furthermore it is obvious that it was originally written as several short stories that Blish glued together jamws this novel.

I had never heard of James Blish, let alone read any of his works.

The other books, while having their own points of interest, feel like afterthoughts in comparison. Interesting FE, I would pretty much agree with your assesment of the books.

If he manages to show a useful skill, when his 18th birthday comes, he could be granted citizenship. There are other parts that are quite surprising. In the final chapter he is heard to say blush Wagoner is dead”, with the narrative noting that “as usual, he was wrong”, as his legacy will endure.


Earthman, Come Home is a s sci-fi novel very much of its time, all bullheaded alpha-male characters and exposition. John Amalfi is still the mayor of the Okie city New York, and is now over years old; thanks to the anti-agathic drugs that all citizens take. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Flignt are some fun bits, like when they use a planet like a cue ball to bump a warship away from across the galaxy, butit’s just not that great of a story. The different units monitor each other, and constantly gauge each other’s behavior and make repairs. Only the iron hand of the germanium-backed economy and occasional interventions by the Earth police imposed some kind of order on the spaceways.

I was expecting great things from a book in the renowned SF Masterworks series. jjames

Apart from Amalfi’s secret plotting, there were also a few too many instances of Deus ex Machinaeg when view spoiler [doctor schloss suddenly saves them all by mending the invisiblility machine they all thought was fake, and then the machine is never mentioned or used again hide spoiler ]. Jun 03, Ty-real rated it liked it. Or, at least, in my experience, it seems like an un-engaging way to do things, not that I can’t appreciate how difficult it is to tell a concise story in a truly foreign civilization without such things.

To ask other readers questions about A Life for the Starsplease sign up. Yet it did take me a while to understand this, there is no feel of a great passage of time in the writing, the story moves on from one event straight to the other, and bliish suddenly Amalfi will muse that he’s 2 centuries older!


All the books are now in a single collected volume which has the advantage of reading them in order as apposed to when they become available in the library. The third and fourth should definitely be read in order. And they’re some quite flght ideas too.

When Chris transfers from Scranton to New York, his life changes further. This place is run on oil and coal. That’s one of the disadvantages of scooping up a whole lot of ebook titles at once; if you don’t examine the cover art, you’re just going on author and title unless you take the trouble to look up the blurb.

This is a sci-fi fiction that isn’t just lathered on high tech and lavishing language or out of the world equipment but a pondering sci Fi work of thought and the trip of humanity.

Fortunately, a lazy reader, like me, can skip over those bits without losing the thrust of the story line. Good ol’ boy sci-fi, where the rich vastness of the universe is nonetheless incapable of dislodging the narrative from narrow-minded white American male-ness. Cities in Flight is a collection of 4 related stories. In later versions the Vegan fort destroys many police monitors.