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An earlier and substantially different version of this work was published under the same title ©1954
Paperback, Expanded, 245 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Baen (first published February 1954)
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Manny
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 old...more
Daniel
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...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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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...more
L.A. Nicholas
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...more
Marianne
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...more
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...more
Will Boncher
Good story overall, dragged in some places. Kinda dystopian.
Devero
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
Mercurial
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.
Andy
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....
Andres
Como me gusta el classic SciFi cincuentero....
Pierre
De landing van het ruimteschip
Kenneth Flusche
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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