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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Sanity and logic is their stock in trade. Gaygeek rated it really liked it Feb 01, Blisn is basically a story of one man’s rise to power from the lowliest of origins. For the longest time this was my favorite book, ever, but, as time as gone by, the latest re-read reveals this book is aging and is less sophisticated than I remember.

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

In the future, mankind will escape the tyranny and poverty of an Eastern controlled Earth, by colonizing the galaxy. If you don’t have enough basic?

But then there was Spock Must Die! Of course, fierce competition arises, etcetera, etcetera.

Cities in Flight Vol. 1

I read this book years ago when in my teens and it fired my imagination. One of the climaxes in the book involve the falling out of two of the main characters John Amalfi, the citiies of New York, New York and the city manager, Mark Hazelton.

Jun 03, Ty-real rated it liked it. It has more action and is faster paced. A serious and haunting vision of our world and its limits, Cities in Flight marks the return to print of one of science fiction’s masterpieces.


I found this book in the series to be much better than the first.

He had hoped for a clear-cut, yes-or-no answer, but what he had gotten stood squarely in the middle. Wayne Wells rated it really liked it Jan 02, But meanwhile the Earth Police had got a navy of big powerful armed spacecraft called ” monitors “, which appear from invisibility and quickly efficiently vaporize all the attacking Okie cities, except New York, which jumps unnoticed away to safety in some editions it uses a special circuit which works only oncebut the police think that they destroyed New York.

If there were only a few of them, that would citkes a real danger; but there are more than a hundred, and they monitor and blih each other, so in fact it will never happen. Earthman, Come HomeG. Other books in the series. Scranton is run by the city manager rather than its figurehead mayor.

Again, I just find this ridiculous. Some of the city inhabitants were able to live effectively forever, thanks to drugs that were available; but only if they had the skills needed by the city. He died midway through writing Star Trek 12; his wife, J.

His first published story appeared inand 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. Scientific research has stagnated, mainly because knowledge has become restricted. The blurb mentioned longevity drugs and anti-gravity devices spindizzies. No trivia or quizzes yet.


M R James Graphic Novel. Mainly it follows the mayor Amalfi from adventure to adventure across the galaxy and beyond.

Other readers have done a very good job at that, so I’ll just link to e. It read well as a stand alone novel.

In the late ‘s to the early ‘s, Blish was a member of the Futurians. A brilliant sci-fi idea that is hurt by some flat writing and only mildly interesting characters. 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 life. Open Preview See a Problem?

Given that it’s 50s SF, there are of course some jarring mispredictions. Between and his death from lung cancer inBlish became the first author to write short story collections based upon the classic TV series Star Trek. But then of course there would be no ‘suspense’. She may have been an intelligent love interest, but she was just a love interest all the same. Mar 08, Matthew rated it it was ok. The science was interesting and some of his ideas were quite visionary considering when this was written, but as a story it was very poorly told.

He is credited with coining the term gas giant, in the story “Solar Plexus” as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril.