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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Aug 17, Kara rated it liked it Shelves: When the planet He, moving though space discovers the end of time, they position themselves to create their own worlds. David Clancy rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Trivia About Cities in Flight 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.

As space, through the Spindizzies, and time, through the anti-agathics are conquered, the spacemen eventually come to feel like they are gods. I can’t believe that just eradicating disease would stop aging, and the scientists said as much in the first book! Rereading it was a long slog. The stories cover roughly two thousand years, from the very near future to the end of the universe.

If you take the pills at 70, then you’ll be 70 for a few decades, with your health staying like that. I have one caveat, and it’s something that many SF writers did in the early years. See my other reviews of Cities in Flight: The book is actually peppered with it, and it’s probably a good reminder for writers of what On to do. Normally, this premise would get four flighh from me since I love Star Trek.

Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr. Amalfi first chooses to land on Utopia, a planet ravaged by nuclear attacks.


Cities in Flight Vol. 1 by James Blish

You get enough mathematics, chemistry and physics thrown at you over t I bought this omnibus a few years ago, following some recommendation here on GR, I think. Dubious science fiction is carried off by a presentation indebted to a knowledge and understanding of real science, unlike many modern approaches where any attempt to explain the nature of advanced technology is not forthcoming.

Named after the migrant workers of America’s Dust Bowl, these novels convey Blish’s “history of the future,” a brilliant and bleak look at a world where cities roam the Galaxy looking for work and a sustainable way of Originally published in four volumes nearly fifty years ago, Cities in Flight brings together the famed “Okie novels” of science fiction master James Blish.

Tim rated it did not like it Aug 12, Even though the story is adventure driven, there is time for quite a lot of Blish’s characteristic dips into philosophy and the nature of being human. The pacing in places especially book three, where this may be due to the book being cobbled together from short stories is appalling, with pages being given to a half hour episode, then decades being glossed over in the next two paragraphs, without a section break.

As a pure science fiction collection, this was first rate.

Earthman, Come Home (Cities in Flight, #3) by James Blish

Science fiction book series American bildungsromans Large Magellanic Cloud in fiction science fiction novels 20th-century American novels in fiction in fiction. Scranton is really just a way station for our hero who finds his way onto the most remarkable of the flying cities, New York more precisely Manhattan with its charismatic mayor Amalfi who should be played by Danny de Jmaes if they ever make the film – and with modern CGI, what brilliant movies the Cities in Flight stories would make.

Sadly these are largely drowned out by the noise that is the interminable remainder of the book.

Mar 17, Simon rated it really liked it Shelves: This book, the second in the Cities in Flight series, was written six years after the first book. When they needed facts, they asked the machines. If you don’t have enough basic?


For instance, now we’re used to all large air craft having identifying signals, but in this space craft as large as New York City have nothing like it. The concept is that anti-gravity is invented, which causes cities as a group to lift themselves off the face of the earth and to function as mercenary spaceships-for hire.

But it can’t last for long, and as soon as another Okie ship offers a trade of workers, Chris takes the opportunity to jump ship. Sep 13, Paul Barks rated it it was amazing. Iames, that’s what happens to hard SF; cutting edge today, laughably quaint a few years later.

A Life for the Stars

Paperbackpages. Fight odd but the best word I can think of to describe this story is cute! Its not a real Masterwork series. It’s an ongoing story but the books are reasonably disconnected and can mostly be read in isolation.

Cities in Flight Vol. 1

After the flighh he became the science editor blixh the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. There were a lot of interesting ideas in the novel, the technology, the planets, and the civilisations were all fascinating, but I don’t feel that it was carried off very well at all. InBlish emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death in The invention of the “spindizzy” surely you’ve heard of it? Feb 22, Matt rated it liked it.

In any event, you get a lot of none-too-thrilling exposition up front. Blish as the constructor of novelizations of episodes of Star Trek original series. Mar 16, Simon rated it it was ok Shelves: