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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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Trivia About Earthman, Come Ho Some contemporary readers may also be disappointed by the male-dominance of the characters, though in comparison with much material of the time it is typical. Published May 6th by Arrow Books first published January 1st Oh man, if I had known from the beginning just how literally this title, Cities in Flight, was meant — I took it to feature the word “flight” in the sense of fleeing pursuit, rather than maneuvering through air or space — I would have attacked this book a lot sooner.

It’s an ongoing story but the books are reasonably disconnected and can mostly be read in isolation. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Since I didn’t like to go back and forth, I decided to start from the beginning: Glight Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.


Why am I reading these terrible books?

Cities in Flight (Cities in Flight, #) by James Blish

The only one in the “Cities in Flight” series that isn’t actually very good. Crew-members take a drug that keeps them eternally young, ccities the decade-long trips between the stars don’t seem that bad. A Clash of Cymbals published in the U. Whilst there are undeniably lectures here, following many of the usual themes, LFTS seems to be more concerned with telling a tale, rather than propose a message. Blish calls the space travellers “Okies”, an allusion to the thirties in the United States and to Steinbeck’s famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Margaret rated it really liked it Feb 25, It glish place a millennium later. The premise is a bit weird, but it’s a well spun yarn.

This book is a bit of a disappointment. It is easy to see how James Blish was selected to write the Cigies Trek novelizations of the original series.

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James Blish’s Cities in Flight; is it a classic?

Another character that irritated me was Dee, the only female character. After the war he became the science editor for the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. Too much scientific ‘baflegab”. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Cities in Flight. It seems lump together and then blasted into pieces by a pace that is so bllish fast that it seems as though Blish was writing with a gun to his head and orders to crank out pages as fast as possible.


Aug 13, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: Impressed, Amalfi elevates him to the newly created position of city manager of New York and gives him the status of resident rather than passenger and thus entitled to anti-agathic drugs. I read this book as at about sixteen and it totally inspired me. I had never heard of James Blish, let alone read jamws of his works.

Cities in Flight

The passage of time in this novel was seriously hard to comprehend. 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!

It is a story of the human condition, as told by one of the grand masters of science fiction.