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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads i. The continuation from Part 1 is somewhat weak. And since no human character steps up to take the center ro The third book in the series, but written first.

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But once the action starts, Blish could spin a yarn with the best of them. Whilst this may be nothing new, even init is rather refreshing and allows the reader to experience, with eyes wide open, that sense of wonder that is so important to young readers. Second book of the series and it is really taking off forgive the pun.

Nov 23, Hanna rated it really liked it.

Earthman, Come Home

The women in particular are very thinly drawn, limited mostly to a scant physical description always judgmental: What still holds up is the characterization and the way the series ends. I can only agree, because it’s indeed science! Blish has come up with a whole society of space-faring cities and how they would work. Oct 15, Cathie Stumpenhaus rated it it was ok. Aug 17, Robert rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.


But a lot of the action falls flat, as the reader is expected to believe that the main characters have anticipated the actions of other people and cultures ciies an impossible degree.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Steve Leitch rated it it was amazing Oct 16, The second book does take place several hundred years after the first so they are just that by then – established technology.

Goodness knows that last one would have some serious Unfortunate Implications if that was the case. Sep 13, Paul Barks rated it it was amazing. Science fictionAdventure fiction.

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

I found Chris to be a very relatable character, he’s young and intelligent and he knows what he wants, but he’s yet to figure out how to get it. Jan 15, Anthony added it. This one is mostly a coming of age story for Chris DeFord, a young hillbilly living off the land as best he can with his family in Appalachia.

I’m not sure which of these I’ve actually read–when I was young, my father used to go to used book stores every week, buy about a dozen books, bring them home, let us all read them, sell them back, and get another dozen.


What can I say. What will be the main occupation and reason for these cities to travel??

This series was one of the ones he ‘rented’. Japanese Swordsmiths Take On Asteroids ‘ Open Preview See a Problem? But what will they find as the hurtle off into the depths of space.

Since the first novel, the development of the anti-gravity drive Spindizzy invented in the first book has meant that Earth cities are now, once adapted, physically lifting bllsh the ground to travel free, fligt Earth. Refresh and try again. 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.

When the two cities meet again and come into conflict over Scranton’s bungling of a job, Chris is able to convince an influential friend in his old city to depose the city manager and end the conflict.

A Life for the Stars

But this is more than just the superficial sci-fi that we sometimes hear about. This is high-quality science fiction from the golden age.

In this second novel, Blish seems to be channelling Tom Corbett: