The Thing in the Attic
This story is about a race of what appear to be humanoids, living in trees on a planet different from our own. The humanoids live in a society where criminals are punished by condemning them to Hell, the surface planet. The story foc...more
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I didn't read the blurbs before reading this one and now that I have I see they are spot on and go further than I would towards spoilers. Reading the title I certainly didn't expect the story I read. But, after reading the story it makes much, much more sense.
This story contains many of the things or concepts that I love about science fiction. Additionally this one is timeless, which is why I...more
pubOne.info present you this wonderfully illustrated edition. It is written that after the Giants came to Tellura from the far stars, they abode a while, and looked upon the surface of the land, and found it wanting, and of evil omen. Therefore did they make men to live always in the air and in the sunlight, and in the light of the stars, that he would be reminded of them. And the Giants abode yet a while, and taught men to speak, and to write, and to weave, and to do many things which are needf...more
It's honestly more interesting as a writi...more
The title of this book is not representative. The book describes the adventures of a group of outcast blasphemers who are rejected from their primitive primate society for rejecting belief in the ancient "giants" of their creation myth. They are dropped out of the trees into "hell" in a basket as punishment for their apostasy. Hell in this case, is simply the ground, but it is very dangerous, and filled with creatures that the primates are not equipped to h...more
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–...more