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And All the Stars a Stage

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When the sun explodes all life will end. No one will survive the blow-up; except the men and women who crowd into a few starships and fly away into space while there is still time, to look for a new home in the infinite void, a new planet on which to settle.
Jorn, unskilled, unemployed, seemingly a reject from society, finds that he has what it takes to become one of the
Paperback, Abridged, 191 pages
Published May 28th 1974 by Avon Books (NY) (first published 1971)
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As is so often the case with Blish, poor novel with a great ending. As one reviewer said: "I loved the final sentence, and I don't mean that ironically".
Like so many male sf authors, Blish has skanky women issues, and they're pretty apparent in this book; I spent a lot of it gritting my teeth. The worldbuilding is decent, though, and it says some interesting things in the midst of all the "wait, *what*?" of the plot.
Erik Graff
May 04, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SF fans, Blish fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
This is a better-than-average science fiction novel with a poignant twist. Blish is usually better-than-average.
I had forgotten how much I loved James Blish. Damn.
L.A. Nicholas
The story of "And All the Stars a Stage" follows the life of Jorn Birn, who starts out as a young bachelor on a dying planet. Jorn is recruited to join a secret project to develop long-range spacecraft that will attempt to rescue a portion of his planet's population when their star dies. The story then follows Jorn, and the refugees, until the end of Jorn's life, just after he and his companions finally find a new, habitable world.

This book is very much of the "old time" science fiction school t
Jeff Anderson
Fascinating novel by the writer of the Star Trek adaptations for the original series. This is the story of a planet where an interstellar drive is developed. Close on the heels of that discovery comes the realization the planet is doomed because their sun is going super-nova in a few decades. What follows is an epic tale of a migration away from the doomed world by a comparative handful of the population and their attempts to re-settle somewhere in their galaxy. An epic done in less that two hun ...more
I loved the worldbuilding and all the ideas! Sadly it kept jumping ahead in time without really explaining what had happened. People who were enemies were suddenly married, people who were alive were dead without explanation - it was frustrating, like giant chunks were taken out and hastily transitioned for publishing or something. But despite that, I really enjoyed the set up and the story arc. The characters were blah, but the adventure and universe was A+. I'd love to see something like this ...more
James Oden
The beginning is bleak, if your a male at least. In this Matriarchal society there are not many options for men. It would appear the sex war had been fought and men came out lacking. Soon enough though, this really wouldn't matter...

James Blish has written a very charming story of apocalypse and survival. It, also, as the story progresses, brings to the front the themes of maturation, leadership and finally the passing on the torch to the younger generation. Juxtaposed to its thematic content is
Even when this book was written it didn't do anything new and Blish's style doesn't wow. Every plot point is predictable and underdeveloped. The only truly unique element of the story is biological (he was trained as a biologist) and quickly abandoned.

If it wasn't free I never would have read it. And if it isn't free you shouldn't either.
A good space yarn. The ending, tho0ugh predictable, was still enjoyable. Not really 4 star, but better than 3. Wish I could use halves! A good car journey book for the avid sci-fi fan.
David R.
Typical end-of-the-world SciFi popular in the 50s and 60s. Doesn't really develop and fades out.
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James Benjamin Blish (East Orange, New Jersey, May 23, 1921 – Henley-on-Thames, July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr.

In the late 1930's to the early 1940's, Blish was a member of the Futurians.

Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent 1942–
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