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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A Life for the Stars (Cities in Flight, #2) by James Blish

Blish is too good a writer to use the old “As you know, Bob He is credited with coining the term gas giant, in the story “Solar Plexus” as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril. In the first novel, They Shall Have Starsman has thoroughly explored the Solar System, yet the dream of going even further seems to have died in all but one man.

The propulsion unit can go faster than light. I did find the final part a satisfying conclusion as well and I also found the thrid part the most disjointed with the largest number of inconsistencies.

Nov 29, David B rated it did not like it. The advent of the personal computer, Facebook, GoodReads, MP3 players, and Je-jaws cell-phones have created a generation of spoiled children. Aug 17, Robert rated it really liked it Shelves: In this second novel, Blish seems to be channelling Tom Corbett: They Shall Have Stars was entertaining enough.

Cities in Flight 3. When the book was written, the transistor had just been invented, so the Galactic economy uses a germanium standard instead of a gold standard. Normally, this premise would get four stars from me since I love Star Trek. Gregory Bennett rated it it was amazing Feb 03, The book should have been four times as long. Jul 07, Brian Clegg rated it it was amazing.

It’s not wholly without merit. Joined Mar 21, Messages 9, Location Australia. The authors of the past adhered to physical realities and where those were bent, As a pure science fiction collection, this was first rate.


It’s different in style and tenor. The tone of the novel was however a little childish at times, I think this is because Blish is writing from the point of view of the teenage Chris, and yet Chris seemed to have some very mature ideas for his age.

Blish just didn’t pull it off as well which I guess is why this series isn’t as well remembered as Asimov’s. Timothy Betts rated it really liked it Oct 23, New York, as Okie cities do, moves from one planet to the other, never able to settle, and seemingly never getting ahead, always in some trouble, always low on some resource or other. Retrospectively looking back, this was my favourite part of the four part series even though the meat of the matter, if you will, doesn’t begin until the next p Second book of the series and it is really taking off forgive the pun.

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It’s also poorly citirs. Mainly it follows the mayor Amalfi from adventure to adventure across the galaxy and beyond. In total, Blish wrote 11 volumes of short stories adapted from episodes of the s TV series, as well as an original novel, Spock Must Die!

However, there are some discrepancies though. He is credited with coining the term gas giant, in the story “Solar Plexus” as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril. Blish ignores them completely, treating each triumph as merely another victory for the clever Amalfi.

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Although he’s ahead of the spec-fic curve when it comes to A. Science fictionAdventure fiction. But it was just a story mames stories actually – sort of like jamws Project Runway, where there are perfectly nice dresses that are dismissed because they are “just clothes. For now bish was all too much and I didn’t enjoy the 3rd story, so I’ll skip the 4th and come back to it in a jamed months. Through the story of a teenager kidnapped from Earth by the thugs of Scranton, Pennsylvania, right before it takes to stars never to see Earth again, we learn the complexities of the political and social landscape of the world Blish has created.

As the most memorable person other than Chris in the story, he is the equivalent of Hari Seldon in this series, and later citifs will continue his story, as the Foundation series had the presence of Seldon throughout. Matthew Bates II rated it liked it Jul 14, But to be fair it was the earliest writing and was originally all short stories so I guess it was difficult to bring them all together into a coherent timeline and plot.


Jun 10, Bob Wolniak rated it liked it Shelves: A Life for the Stars may not be entirely original, but it uses traditional tropes in a pleasurable manner. Home What’s new Latest activity Authors. Lists with This Book.

One of the essential functions of the City Fathers was to act as the memory for the people under their care. It’s odd but the best word I can think of to describe this story is cute! The other books, while having their own points of interest, feel like aft I took the advice of Adam Roberts in his introduction to this compendium and read the four stories in the order they were written, rather than in the chronological narrative order in which they are presented in the omnibus.

This was quite usual; it meant only that the Librarian, which spent its whole mechanical life substituting free association for thinking, had a related subject it would talk about if he liked. Named after the migrant workers of America’s Dust Bowl, these novels convey Blish’s “history of the future,” a brilliant and bleak citeis at a world where cities roam the Galaxy looking for work and a sustainable way of life. Jun 21, Bryan Pentelow rated it it was amazing.

It’s rather unfortunate, but I find this substantially undermines my enjoyment of the stories. In this type of world, only the elites have access to their salvation, only they are smart enough to understand. I have no excuse! Blish seems to enjoy having a majority of action happen behind the scenes.