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Endless Universe

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
From the back cover:

Planets are for leaving.

That's an old saying in the Explorers. But for every Explorer there is somewhere a planet he will not leave. For some, the cause is love. For others, the desire to give up the strange roving life of the star wanderers who live outside of planet-time. Even for the ones who love the metal ships that are their only home there is sti
Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 1st 1979 by Ace (first published 1975)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Marion Zimmer Bradley is most famous for her Avalon fantasy books--which I don't care for, but I do love her Darkover science fiction. Even that is fantasy tinged though, featuring a clash between a technologically sophisticated space-faring civilization and a pseudo-medieval "lost colony" with a psychically talented aristocracy. So this collection of five connected stories is one of the few works of MZB that really is hard-science fiction, that falls into Space Opera. The basic premise is that ...more
Mar 04, 2010 Jenne rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
1st line: "Planets are for saying goodbye." Nice one.

Hooray, the journey through the random pulp novels finally turned up a good one!
This is just what I like in an SF novel; it takes a scientific idea and explores how it affects people.
The idea is this: we have invented a kind of teleporter that can instantly transport basically anything over many light years of distance. The problem, though, is that you can't transmit a transmitter, so in order to find new planets to colonize, there are ships
Dec 18, 2007 Ken rated it liked it
Endless Universe was a good enough read while it lasted. A rewrite of the previously published Endless Voyage, this features (according to the back cover) a greatly expanded text. ("Over 30,000 additional words!")

We follow a group of Explorers, the crew of a spaceship whose mission is to discover class M planets (to borrow a Trek term) for human colonization. The planets are terraformed as needed and then populated via a gateway that allows for instant travel between planets. The Explorers set u
May 15, 2013 Serena rated it really liked it
I love this idea Explorers going into space and finding planets and no thanks we won't stay - but thanks for your kids anyway!

Yes the Explores are seen as kidnappers, as pretty strange looking and acting and did I mention they can live hundreds of years in space which makes them just about immortal because of space travel time being much faster than planet time? They are outcasts and Explorers only have contact with others on their ship - and crew doesn't get exchanged ship to ship, so once your
Mar 10, 2010 Chy rated it really liked it
Man, talk about coming back to the right book at just the right time. I started this one over a year ago and set it aside. And when I picked it up again the other day, it was just...hey, howareya? Maybe it was because the main character was feeling foolish about being sentimental. And I was feeling foolish about feeling sentimental. And so we just made the perfect coupling.

Never mind the many times I wanted to grab him by the hair and shove his face into a wall. It was in a good way. If I hadn't
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Feb 13, 2012 Samuel Lubell added it
Shelves: sf
Classic SF. PB 341 pages. This is a fix-up novel of five related stories and novellas about a group of Explorers who are some of the few in the universe who still have the drive to explore and who set up the teleportation devices everyone else uses. But space travel sterilizes them so they must purchase babies to raise as their own. It’s interesting that the stories are action/adventure tales of survival on planets with weird vegetation and such that tries to kill them, but has a rich background ...more
Jun 03, 2011 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Baby-stealing space nomads? Yes please. This book focuses around a ship who set up planets that are habitable for humans, basically adding them to a system of teleporters that allow for quick travel. It focuses around the woes of their old-fashioned space travel and working on potentially dangerous planets. One of the earlier sci-fi books that I read, and I loved it at the time. While I have a feeling it may have lost some of it's shine if I went back and read it, I was pretty in love with it at ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Ranmaru rated it really liked it
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This book was a very positive surprise.
The topic of a space ship looking for new worlds doesn't sound very interesting, but it is very well written and has a much more urgent and serious touch to it than some predecessors.
There are some issues with continuity and logic in the story, some of which come from the fact that it was a shorter story, which had been rewritten. But if you don't mind that, then it will be a very entertaining read.
Dec 11, 2013 Jackson rated it liked it
A collection of 5 short stories about Explorers, men and women who travel space searching for new planets to build Transmitters on so that others can expand the galactic human empire. I enjoyed these tales, even though the main character seems like he's kind of a dick, he does grow as a person throughout. A fun read if you're looking for some light science fiction fare.
Jun 22, 2016 Eileen rated it really liked it
in the vein of classic sci fi, well executed. great example of the style. not the genre's best book, but among the good ones.
May 02, 2008 Brittney rated it really liked it
I just love space travel and sci-fi, I've discovered. this book is fantastic. interesting as hell. probably mainly because I don't read a whole lot and this made my brain go crazy!
Mar 04, 2010 Ryan rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
There wasn't really anything bad about this book, but at the same time nothing really memorable. It's just kind of …there.
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham
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