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Ultima Thule

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Ronny Bronston has dreamed all his life of getting a United Planets job that would take him off-world. He finally gets the opportunity when he is given a provisional assignment with Bureau of Investigation, Section G. But will he be able to complete his assignment and find the elusive Tommy Paine?
Audiobook, LibriVox Edition, 2 pages
Published November 23rd 2009 by (first published March 1961)
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Apr 20, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'd give this a bit under 4 stars.

The premise of this novella is that humanity's expansion out to the stars was often motivated by groups of people who wanted their own planet for their chosen form of political, economic or religious society. As a result, the various planets have radically different cultures which would see each other as misguided. They are held together in a confederation with the number one rule of non-interference with each other.

Ronnie is hired as a new agent of a United Pla
Isabel (kittiwake)
Mankind was exploding through this spiral arm of the galaxy. There was a racial enthusiasm about it all. Man's destiny lay out in the stars, only a laggard stayed home of his own accord. It was the ambition of every youth to join the snowballing avalanche of man into the neighboring stars.
It took absolute severity by Earth authorities to prevent the depopulation of the planet. But someone had to stay to administer the ever more complicated racial destiny. Earth became a clearing house for a tho
Aug 06, 2010 bup rated it it was ok
Since this was public domain (available at and I assumed it was an early (pre-1923) science fiction story. I was wrong. It's a 1960 story that somehow became public domain.

About a guy who wants to join the space patrol, or star police, or whatever the hell they called the interplanetary government agency in this book. And then he gets his first assignment. And he's DISILLUSIONED.

It's not deep, though it thinks it is. I guess one reason I look down my nose at a lot of
Mar 23, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sciencefiction
Nice short amusing science fiction novella.
And, as it was FREE, for download on the Kindle, I certainly got my money's worth.
Will be checking out some more Mack Reynolds science fiction soon.
Mark Dewey
Mar 23, 2010 Mark Dewey rated it it was amazing
This is a great science fiction story. I highly recommend it. It's rather short (about 30k words), so it's a quick read (about 2 hours of listening if you get the free LibriVox recording that I did—see the book link above).

Anyway, there are a lot of ideas seen in this story that future authors (such as Orson Scott Card, in /Speaker for the Dead/) revisit. It reminds me of a mix between the said Card book and /The Scarlet Pimpernel/, with the perspective all switched around. It's kind of a myster
Richard Givan
Jan 02, 2016 Richard Givan rated it really liked it
This is a provocative novella which makes you think about colonization and types of government.
Jun 04, 2014 Belynda rated it really liked it
Enjoyable quick read on "school" night.
Mar 03, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
has aged very well, still interesting and thought provoking
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Who or what is Tommy Paine and what is the secret of Section G, Ronny Bronston soon finds out...
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Dallas McCord "Mack" Reynolds was an American science fiction writer. His pen names included Clark Collins, Mark Mallory, Guy McCord, Dallas Ross and Maxine Reynolds. Many of his stories were published in "Galaxy Magazine" and "Worlds of If Magazine". He was quite popular in the 1960s, but most of his work subsequently went out of print.

He was an active supporter of the Socialist Labor Party; his
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