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The Space Swimmers (Sea People #2)

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The Space Swimmers came from the boundless void and tempted humanity to venture into space. But through treachery and deceit the attempt failed, sundering the human race in two, for Sea-Born could no longer trust Land-Born. And only the Sea-Born can ever hope to communicate with the glorious Space Swimmers.
Paperback, 247 pages
Published November 28th 1987 by Tom Doherty Assoc Llc (first published 1967)
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Joe Santoro
Aug 21, 2014 Joe Santoro rated it liked it
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Some good stuff was had in the making of this cover.. and perhaps the book as well. The Human race is divided into Land and Sea people.. both are desparate to avoid war.. and the key is in the 'Space Swimmers' that seem to have unlocked the secret of traveling to distant planets.

Some cool stuff in here, but the story is a little lacking. It's never totally clear WHY they want to go to space.. the world is in good shape, and only has a population of 3 billion on land, so its not overcrowded. It's
Sep 19, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
Gordon R Dickson has a special place in my heart and likely always will. This book fit my mood precisely and with Dickson's usual ability to submerge me in the story. the story is about humanity and is possessed of the firm sense of hope that I associate with the science fiction genre as a whole. or perhaps I mean classic science fiction, but I do see variations in that hope all through the modern genre. But I digress. This story is one of pivot points in history, growing up, hope, trust, love, ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Phil rated it liked it
Good use of reading time. original ideas and a pretty cool look at what could be a near-future Earth.
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This book wouldn't have been so bad if he hadn't insisted on including some of his poetry. I can unfortunately still remember a few lines.
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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