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Voyage From Yesteryear

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  661 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Invasion from Earth
Earth seemed doomed to a fiery death, so they colonized the Alpha Centauri system with children.
But not everyone perished in Old Earth's War. Decades later a generation ship bearing a cargo of colonists - and an army to protect them - headed for the planet Chiron to reassert Earth's lawful control over the fledgling colony.
Too bad the colonists didn't se
Paperback, 377 pages
Published by Del Rey Books (first published 1982)
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Brandon Neill
This story is based on the idea of what if you could completely disconnect a generation of humans, if they could grow up without our prejudices, without our mythology, but with our scientific knowledge. The book begins as a group of humans from earth are about to end a voyage arriving at a planet that was populated by humans that were born after they arrived, and had no connection with earth or an older generation. While the travelers viewed them as children, they rapidly discovered they had a l ...more
It's not common for me to be reading a science fiction book mid-way, stop all of a sudden and then wonder: "Why is this guy writing science fiction at all? He writes... too good for him to be in this genre."
That for me was one of the most shocking things about Voyage from Yesteryear. How careful and neat the writing, descriptions and prose was. Hogan surprised me with his way to explain the simple gestures that people do as they interact, the way in which people's inner thoughts twist and bend u
This book is one of my all time favorites. I actually read it first when I was about 12 years old. I found it, dogeared and in rough shape, in the bottom of a box in an old run down used bookstore. It was the image of the ship on the cover that intrigued me and sparked my imagination, but what occurred next I couldn't have foreseen. This is the novel that sparked my love affair with Science Fiction and the Speculative Fiction genre as a whole.

You can read the back of the book for a description o
Calixto Lopez
I enjoyed the book. I had read it back in High School and loved it then, and now reread it again for the first time in over 22 years.

The discussion of an anarchistic post-scarcity society was a good one and rather compelling. Everyone works at what they're good at, mostly on individual projects, and all resources are shared cash-free, relying on recognition as the coin of the realm so to speak, with free stores and really free markets. Of course this relies heavily on automation to produce basic
An interesting read in which Hogan explores what preconditions exist for a society to function effectively without government or money. Unlimited resources, automated manufacturing and food production, and good education seem to be the main ones. He has a bit of a stab at law and order but I found it unconvincing. He doesn't take into account the fact that there will always be mentally ill people in society, and that competition for mates, land and status will still exist even if we have no mone ...more
Loved the book, the ideology, and the writing. I like Hogan. I would like to see a society such as the one described here, and certainly like to live in one. I also believe that it is a realistic future to hope for.
Excellent primer for the establishment and sustaining of a Libertarian society. And a good book on top of that.
I remember this as a great science fiction novel.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 30, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Prometheus Award
I have sixteen Hogan books on my shelves. I've been rereading them years after having bought them to decide which to keep. I've read a dozen of those now, and this is the first one that makes me understand why Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke once praised Hogan as worthy to be counted in their company. Up to now the other books tended either to be too heavy-handed and preachy (especially Mirror Maze) or technobabble infodump (almost all, especially Thrice Upon a Time and Two Faces of Tomorrow), ...more
Writing: 3
Story: 3
Satisfaction: 3

Voyage from Yesteryear is a bit slow to start but once it gets past the character introduction section, picks up to a nice pace.

The first section of the book takes place aboard the Mayflower II, a large space station carrying an assortment of North Americans looking to settle on the planet Chiron. Many years before, humans had sent a probe, called the Kuan-Yin, out to look for planets able to support human life and then create the first wave of settlers via stor
Shane Groff
I re-read this recently, with some trepidation that I would find the writing more juvenile than I recalled (from reading it was I was a juvenile).

However, I think both the writing and the ideas hold up fairly well.

I have the same issues with the book as I did before, though. I like to read books that attempt to portray better societies, provide a view of what a better world might be like, and this is a good one.
However, he puts a lot of emphasis on the fact that the better society is only possib
Sean Randall
"Success is like a fart. Only your own smells nice"

In this lackadaisically whimsical plodder of a novel, Hogan poses a future where an exploratory spacecraft is sent off with genetic material to seed a planet in war-torn tension-filled times on Earth. Years later when things settle down, a US vessel sets out to see the results of the mission - along with a European and Asiatic craft on their heals, all intent upon converting the Humans that aren't quite Human to their individual belief systems a
Susan Etheridge
Excellent! Utopian fiction, but with elements of hard sci-fi and action mixed in. A real page turner, and one I would enjoy re-reading at some point.

Chiron is one kind of utopia I imagine I would actually like to live in. I would highly recommend this book.
I read this book as a young adult.It was intriguing to me then,and it is more significant to me now as socialist.Although the society on the new planet wasn't socialism per say-it was far beyond that-i appreciate the utopian vision.
Will Holcomb
I think this is a brilliant book with a great vision of the possibilities of humanity. Hogan does a masterful job setting up a society not driven by greed, ego, power and other human downfalls. My only criticism of the book is the character development. I found it very hard to keep up with what character was who. That added frustration to reading the novel but I still highly recommend reading it.
Cay Hasselmann
If you are into anarchy this is a book not to miss, as it shows what happens when humans from the normal society with order approach an anarchy. I is well written, is funny and full of intellect.
While many of the themes and ideas in this book are nothing new to modern science fiction readers, I nonetheless found the way in which they were collected to be compelling. I don't know if I believe that such a society would actually work, but it is an interesting thought. I especially liked the idea of a society in which basically everyone works freelance. Amusingly, I had wondered if this book was "libertarian" in addition to falling under the post-scarcity heading. In fact, it was awarded th ...more
Csaba Gyursanszky
This book is Hogan's best for plot and philosophical content (great Utopia!) -- he was not a literary genius, characters are 2-dimensional at best, but the concept was great!
TJ Wisner
This is my second Hogan book. Although I did not care for the Mirror Maze, I wanted to give Hogan another chance because of the libertarian themes in his sci-fi. Well I'm definitely glad I read this one. If you love peaceful anarchy and science fiction you should enjoy this book. Without giving away anything, a lot of the book makes for some interesting dialog when some militarist tyrants from earth try understanding the inhabitants of a "stateless" society. I found myself laughing out load a co ...more
Otis Campbell
To something that left long ago,
But in all my days,
And in all my years,
I know I'll still wonder where you are.
Brent Moffitt
Excellent read. Interesting discussion on religion and the origin of the universe. Also included some very logical-sounding discourse on basic building block of matter. Most fascinating and insightful opinions were expressed about how human society/community is/should be constructed. He appeared to believe that if we could avoid nuclear annihilation we would evolve a non-commercial based society where everyone could pursue activities best suited to their abilities and inclinations. A very though ...more
One of my favorite science-fiction anarchism novels.
So preachy. So very preachy.
1983 grade B+
Well I was starting to enjoy it enough until Hogan went into a multi page explanation of tweedles and dees and dums. I guess I have become that person that if I want to learn physics I will read a book on physics, keep it out of my fiction to that degree. I skimmed though until I got past that and ended up enjoying the book overall. Sometimes I want a nice easy enough read with a predictable ending. That's what I got.
It was pretty slow paced; not a lot of things actually happen. And yet, I couldn't stop reading. It doesn't seem that a society like the one on Chiron could actually exist, but of course I would say that, having grown up in this society. Really interesting and enjoyable read.
I didn't really like the dialogue of most of the book. It seemed stuck in the post-war 1950s, over-confident, semi-jazz slang world. The story was good, but the dialogue was like listening to someone's grandparents trying to be cool.
Daniel Velazquez
Había escuchado fuertes criticas a este libro. Pero después de haberlo leído siento que es maravilloso, uno de los mejores libros que he leído. Si bien utiliza un argumento un poco anticuado como la guerra fria.
This was an ok science fiction story. Some of the premises on why they left earth are dated. An easy read, enough pace to keep my interest. Some cliche characters but too much.
Note to self - this is actually the hardcover Book Club edition. Will find and add edition info later.
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James Patrick Hogan was a British science fiction author.

Hogan was was raised in the Portobello Road area on the west side of London. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he worked various odd jobs until, after receiving a scholarship, he began a five-year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough covering the practical and theoretical sides of electrical, electronic, and m
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