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James Blish (1921-75) studied microbiology at Rutgers and then served as a medical laboratory technician in the US army during the Second World War. Among his best known books are Cities in Flight, A Case of Conscience, for which he won the Hugo in 1959 for Best Novel, Doctor Mirabilis, Black Easter and The Day After Judgement.
Cities in Flight represents one of the most important developments in SF - the transformation of standard themes into something deeper and more profound, while retaining the thrilling sense of adventure and wonder in the utterly compelling human stories.
Star Trek boldly travelled through space and into the heart of the human condition. This anthology collects 45 classic episodes that aired in the series' first three seasons. Adapted by James Blish and J. A. Lawrence from scripts by Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and other leading science-fiction writers, the book includes: 'Amok Time', 'The Doomsday Machine', 'The Trouble with Tribbles' and Hugo Award winners, 'The City on the Edge of Forever' and 'The Menagerie'.
For several years, hiding under a cloak of anonymity, the most penetrating critic of the field of magazine science fiction was known as 'William Atheling, Jr'. it soon became a challenge to guess his real identity. And that was no easy game, for Atheling's dissection did not spare even his alter ego, the noted science fiction writer James Blish.Here, then, is a collection of William Atheling's critiques of SF magazines covering the period 1952 - 1963. no subject is too sacred or taboo for Atheling's shredding typewriter: from sex to God, from religion to satirical poetry. No author, however fragile, is spared the bloody mark of his relentless ;ash; from Anderson to Heinlein to Wyndham, and all stops in between.A vastly entertaining collection in its own right, The Issue at Hand is also a first-class primer for new writer and seasoned professional alike.
A small group of intellectuals from a primitive culture of modified monkey-like humans are banished from the treetops for heresy. In their exile on the ground they have to adapt to vastly different circumstances, fight monsters resembling dinosaurs, and finally happen upon the godly giants, whose existence they had questioned.
James Blish, in his incarnation as 'William Atheling, Jr' has written more than his share of the most incisive criticism of contemporary science fiction. Following on form The Issue at Hand, this new volume of Atheling's critical writings skewers literary malefactors of many kinds, including some well-known authors whose great popularity is all the more puzzling because there seems to be so little reason for it. Atheling does not stint on praise where it is due, but in other cases, the sins and errors of the filed are dispatched with his trademark rapier-like incisiveness.
Father Ramon Ruiz-Sanchez S.J., is a part of a four man scientific commission to the planet Lithia, there to study a harmonious society of aliens living on a planets which is a biologist's paradise. He soon finds himself troubled: how can these perfect beings, living in an apparent Eden, have no conception of sin or God? If such a sinless Eden has been created apart from God, then who is responsible? Winner of the Hugo Award for best novel, 1959.
When James Blish died in 1975 he was one of the top science fiction writers. in addition, he was perhaps the leading technical critic in the science fiction field. Following on from the two earlier collections of his critical writing, under the anonymous pseudonym of 'William Atheling, Jr', The Tale that Wags the God is a final selection of the insightful and incisive analyses of one of the field's great critics.
Past worlds almost too strange to describe, three men hurtle into the dark uncharted mystery of space. Their task: to make contact with the Hegemony of Malis, the unknown force that has been watching the Solar System since before the beginning of recorded history. On their success or failure depends the future of the entire Earth. Join them as they accelerate on Haertel drive towards the stunning core of the Hegemony itself in James Blish's masterpiece of the time to come, Mission to the Heart Stars.
This is the strange, compelling story of Roger Bacon. Ambitious, impatient, mutinous, Bacon was a man of his times with a vision reaching far beyond even our own day. Subject to the harsh, narrow confines of Church-dominated 'science', Bacon dared to venture into the deep waters of theory, risking deadly accusations of heresy and black magic. Set against a vividly realised backdrop of thirteenth-century England, Paris and Rome, this is an engrossing account of this lonely prophet and suspected sorcerer.
The inhabitants of Terra nicknamed them "e;Angels"e;. They were exquisitely beautiful, these shimmering, fiery creatures , highly intelligent and playful. Yet they were awesome, too, considering that the youngest were four million years old, and the oldest had probably participated in the First Cause, which had given birth to the whole universe. To young space cadet Jack Loftus fell the overwhelming responsibility of negotiating a treaty with them - a treaty which could mean the life or death of earth and mankind.
What did people in the mid-twentieth-century expect the future to look like? In "e;One-Shot,"e; science fiction writer James Blish hit the bull's-eye with a startling number of his predictions. It's a fast-paced must-read that is sure to please true fans of the genre.
If you're looking for a fun, fast, and fascinating science-fiction read, try "e;The Thing in the Attic"e; from author James Blish. This tale imagines a universe populated by tree-dwelling beings who regard life on the flat surface of the planet to be the worst possible punishment. When a small group of them are relegated to life on the surface as penance for the crime of expressing skepticism about the sacred text that governs their culture, they're thrust into a strange new world in which they must fight for their survival.
There are too many men in a world governed by women. They're bored and disillusioned and often resort to 'suicide missions' - jobs in experimental space research. Jorn applies for such a job, is selected and trained as a navigator for the huge ship Javelin, the first to implement the recently discovered faster-than-light Evrak Effect.Before the Effect is tested, however, it is discovered that life will be extinct within nine years; the sun is burning up, preparing to explode. The Evrak Effect will save a small percentage of mankind, take civilisation to a yet unknown planet. Production on new ships is given priority, the ruthless selection of passengers begins. Twenty-five billion people will be left behind.Led by Javelin, thirty ships wander in space through many light years of promises, lost hope and death for the original crew and passengers. But life does survive, children grow and learn, to inherit the beginning of another world, another promise.James Blish has written a compelling novel of gigantic moral problems and of people who learn to cope with their own limitations in order to deal with them.
Paul Danto was a member of a subversive political party which had an answer: make peace with Venus. But the only way to peace was through the overthrow of Security. And Danton had found the one weapon which would make Security's fall possible: the long-forgotten duplication machine. It had been well forgotten, for a machine which could make up to five duplicates of any living person was too dangerous to have around. But now, what if the top members of Security were kidnapped briefly, and then, suddenly, there were five of each?
2018 AD. The time of the Cold Peace, worse even than the Cold War. The bureaucratic regimes that rule from Washington and Moscow are indistinguishable in their passion for total repression. But in the West, a few dedicated individuals still struggle to find a way out of the trap of human history. Behind the screen of official research their desperate project is nearing completion . . .
Science has come to humanity's rescue with two crucial discoveries - antigravity devices that enable whole cities to be lifted from the Earth to become giant spaceships, and longevity drugs that allow their inhabitants to live for thousands of years - lead to the establishment of a unique Galactic empire.Now, the earth's cities are able to abandon the worn-out homeworld for a new life, a new future. But what will they find as the hurtle off into the depths of space . . . ?
When the cities left Earth, they exchanged a simple environment for one of constant, sometimes shattering change. The Universe was littered with cultures in every conceivable stage of development. Only the iron hand of the germanium-backed economy and occasional interventions by the Earth police imposed some kind of order on the spaceways. Even John Amalfi never got used to the life - and he had been mayor of New York for nearly five hundred years now.