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Search The Sky

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  203 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
An earlier and substantially different version of this work was published under the same title 1954 ...more
Paperback, Expanded, 245 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Baen (first published January 1st 1954)
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Jul 15, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok
Pohl and Kornbluth are two of the greatest SF social satirists ever, and had collaborated before to excellent effect (The Space Merchants), but this one just does not connect its punches.

There are fine elements in it, and a few very memorable vignettes, but the effect is more tiring than illuminating. I don't know how much of this had to do with the edition I read being a 1985 fix-up and expansion by co-author Pohl (Kornbluth having unforutnately died in his prime long before), or if it were jus
Sep 07, 2011 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a decent piece of SF satire, set (roughly) in the same universe as The Marching Morons . I liked the planet with the gerontocracy. The hero gets to participate in an election: they wheel out the candidates, all of whom are over 100 and with tubes coming out of their noses. With great fanfare of trumpets, you get to hear exactly how old each one is. The hero is trying to make his mind up, when his native girlfriend tells him not to be silly. "They tell us their ages, and we vote for the ol ...more
Dec 28, 2011 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - December 28, 2011

Reading this is my idea of a good time. I was most reminded of Gulliver's Travels - a journey to various extraordinary societies, each an exaggeration for satire's sake. A businessman on "Halsey's Planet" notices that the society around him is decaying. He gets thrust into a faster-than-light travel adventure to other planets in other solar systems in search of symptoms of a similar d
L.A. Nicholas
Jun 08, 2013 L.A. Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I'm in the mood for science fiction, I don't usually go in for the humorous or parodic sort, but I must say I was really tickled by this novel. Set in the far future when Earth has lost track of its many colonies (and they with each other), an ordinary man gets drawn into a great adventure, in which he visits a variety of disparate planets and is set a puzzle to solve, for the sake of humankind.

As other readers have pointed out, the main portion of the story -- visiting other planets -- is
Brian Greiner
Mar 03, 2015 Brian Greiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent example of SF exploring social ideas and trends. The authors were pretty good as individual writers, but as a team they were truly amazing. Good stuff.
Tommy Verhaegen
Apr 05, 2015 Tommy Verhaegen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, paper_nl
Een realistisch probleem, een speurtocht door de ruimte op zoek naar een oplossing. Vele avonturen, gevangen genomen, ontsnapping, romantiek...
Goede beschrijvingen, snelle aktie. Top!
Sep 10, 2013 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone, sci-fi, philo
I had high hopes for this book, having read another by these authors, a satire about advertising gone wrong. This book follows in the same vein of satire, with travel to different darkened worlds, each gone awry with their own comic problems, which are exaggerations of problems or potential problems in our own culture (as seen through a 1950s lens, reimagined in 1985). There are vignettes that flow quite amusingly, but they're stitched a bit awkwardly together.

I agree with another reviewer, that
Martyn Lovell
This story mixes space opera with satire. The essential story pits a small band against a universal problem, and keeps the story compelling as they find a way to solve it.

The book is simply and clearly written and has a good mix of humour and sci fi.

Unfortunately, the book has quite a sexist tone - perhaps not surprising given how long ago it was written, but still jarring to a modern audience. In addition, some of the situations set up for satiricial purposes stretch credibility too far for my
Jun 05, 2016 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rampant sexism makes it a period piece, but it is funny, in a dark sort of way. Retrieved from
Will Boncher
Apr 01, 2014 Will Boncher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Good story overall, dragged in some places. Kinda dystopian.
May 04, 2016 Nawfal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pohl and I don't jive. This one is too disjointed and heavy-handed to praise. Pretty much the cover art is the best part. (Love Richard Powers' art.) Otherwise, only for 1950s completists, I guess.
Michael Pryor
Episodic, dated, dilatory.
Jan 05, 2014 Devero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non male l'idea di fondo, ma lo sviluppo, chiaramente incentrato sulle possibili distopie sociali della nostra cultura è molto figlio del suo tempo. L'idea di base di una umanità che ha colonizzato, millenni fa, lo spazio grazie al volo ultraluminale che ora ha scordato e commercia solo con navi generazionali, andando incontro ad un rapido isolamento, si rispecchia chiaramente in alcuni aspetti della teoria darwiniana ed è chiaramente un ottimo spunto per un romanzo migliore di questo, comunque ...more
May 08, 2015 Sifra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I'd really recommend this book for periods in which only half your brain is properly working. There were some really funny moments in there. I love outdated sience fiction!
Sep 13, 2013 Rust rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Classica avventura stile Galassia che vai, dove si salta da un mondo all'altro, esplorando alla ricerca di risposte. Incentrato su di un'idea brillante e una formula misteriosa, lo svolgimento però è un poco piatto. Tutto sommato, vista la breve lunghezza, un buon romanzo.
Deserves 2.5 not 3.

Strange... Reads like a set of short stories, probably was...

Some particularly misogynistic bits, but on the whole either inoffensive or offensive to all...

Not sure about the genetics mentioned....
Mar 12, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1975 grade A
1995 grade A-

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Apr 29, 2012 Andres rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como me gusta el classic SciFi cincuentero....
Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth
Dec 14, 2010 Pierre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch
De landing van het ruimteschip
Kenneth Flusche
Oct 29, 2013 Kenneth Flusche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for 1954 SF!!!!!!
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Cyril M. Kornbluth was born and grew up in Inwood in New York City. As a teenager, he became a member of the Futurians, the influential group of science fiction fans and writers. While a member of the Futurians, he met and became friends with Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Donald A. Wollheim, Robert A. W. Lowndes, and his future wife Mary Byers. He also participated in the Fantasy Amateur Press Asso ...more
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