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Seed of Light

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"The Solarian was a hundred metres high and, at its broadest point, twenty metres in diameter. It was designed to carry an initial crew of ten people---five men and five women---with provisions for children. For the ship was a self-contained world, required to support human life independently for centuries.
This is the story of these men and women, and the incredible gener
Mass Market Paperback, 158 pages
Published May 1st 1979 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (first published 1959)
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'Seed of Light' was written in 1958 and is very much of its time. It sees the Commonwealth as a political entity acting independently of the US, and able to steal a march on the American and Soviet space programmes by launching a space station while the other two are recovering from an 'atomic war'. Unfortunately British efforts to use the station as a peacekeeping presence, precipitate a thermonuclear war.

Europe is reduced to three domed cities, each a building a multi-generation 'seed ship' t
Nov 07, 2014 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
1980 grade C
First published in 1959, my 1977 Coronet edition of Edmund Cooper’s second published novel is an enjoyable example of the once popular ‘generation-ship’ sub-genre. The characterisations are a little silly at times, and ‘generation-ship’ stories have been told with much more panache by Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss, but in spite of this it is a good read.
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I read this book so long ago that I can't remember what I thought of it, though at the time I adored Edmund Cooper books so I must've enjoyed it - definately one to re-read!
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Edmund Cooper was born in Marple, near Stockport in Cheshire on April 30, 1926. He served in the Merchant Navy towards the end of the Second World War. After World War II, he trained as a teacher and began to publish short stories. His first novel, Deadly Image Deadly Image by Edmund Cooper (later republished as The Uncertain Midnight) was completed in 1957 and published in 1958. A 1956 short story, B
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