JAMES BLISH CITIES IN FLIGHT PDF

Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr. Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent as a medical technician in the U. After the war he became the science editor for the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. His first published story appeared in , and his writing career progressed until he gave up his job to become a professional writer. Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent — as a medical technician in the U.

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Shelves: sf-space-opera , sci-fi , zz-owned-books , favorites I have to say I first read these books back in the 70s, and when I came across them again I looked forward to re-reading them. Mar 19, Bill Wellham rated it it was ok James Blishs Cities in Flight has been whispering read me, read me for many a year.

I remember being amazed by the cover of the book when I was a kid. After all this time, I have finally read it. I was expecting great things from a book in the renowned SF Masterworks series. Most of these I have read have been great. Unfortunately, I was disappointed, and struggled to read more than ten laborious pages at a time.

There are six hundred in all. Instead of using the usual method of building space craft, mankind has chosen the far simpler method of floating all the great cities of the world into space using anti gravity engines. Instead of developing faster than light travel to shorten the vast interstellar distances, he will develop life extending drugs, so that the he can survive the hundreds of years of flight. These are the two scientific ideas which form the spine of the science behind the plot.

Unfortunately, I think they are both ridiculous from the off! During the vast bulk of the book, we follow the city of New York, as it travels from one adventure to the next. Even though this is supposed to be set hundreds of years in the future, the images of a s New York prevail; with Chrysler building, streets and blocks, full of characters which have walked straight out of a fifties b-movie.

James Blish has not really thought very far forward in his imagination of society; hundreds of years may pass, but people talk and act the same, and the city looks the same. This place is run on oil and coal. A future of nuts and bolts engineering. There will be thousands of these floating cities, roaming around space. What will be the main occupation and reason for these cities to travel?? Doing odd jobs. Like travelling repairmen moving from planet to planet, working for a living.

Again, I just find this ridiculous. Anyway… this goes on and on… and on. Eventually it ends, which is a relief. Sorry, but I have read many books written before this, with far more thought provoking ideas.

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Shelves: sf-space-opera , sci-fi , zz-owned-books , favorites I have to say I first read these books back in the 70s, and when I came across them again I looked forward to re-reading them. Mar 19, Bill Wellham rated it it was ok James Blishs Cities in Flight has been whispering read me, read me for many a year. I remember being amazed by the cover of the book when I was a kid. After all this time, I have finally read it. I was expecting great things from a book in the renowned SF Masterworks series.

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