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The Star Dwellers (Heart Stars #1)

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Journey to the Universe.
Aliens. The earthlings called them Angels. They were the ultimate beings - creatures that had been alive since the beginning of the universe.
But would they help earth - or destroy it? It's up to Loftus to find out. Together with Stevens and Dr. Langer, he sets out on a daring mission to unknown parts of the universe.
And in deepest space, on the edge
Paperback, 109 pages
Published February 1st 1982 by Avon Books (first published 1961)
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Jonathan Norton
Nov 22, 2011 Jonathan Norton rated it it was ok
In 2050 a load of square-jawed boy scouts trek off into the dark unknown to make contact with some weird aliens. There is a female character, but she's sent back to Earth, as this is no place for a lady.
Sep 02, 2008 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
This book shows James Blish on typical form, trying to discuss more ideas than there is adequate space for in a short novel. In this example he touches on some of his favourite themes - education vs. experience, biological influences on human thinking - whilst telling a story of "second contact". For when Jack Loftus is left to attempt to form a treaty between humanity and the Angels, beings of pure energy, there is already one of their race installed in a position of power on Earth and no other ...more
Roger Bailey
This is good old-fashion science fiction. Beings are found to inhabit interstellar space and feed off the energy of stars. Their appearance is not far from that of stars either. They are vaguely tear drop shaped beings of energy themselves. They seem to be friendly enough and they have the absolute answer to Earth's energy problems. They think so differently, though, that it is difficult to communicate with them. Oh, they learn human language quickly enough, but their outlook on virtually ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Classic, pedantic SF about the first major treaty between humans and an alien race of wholly different origin and nature. Short, fast-paced, laden with "teaching moments" and discursive passages. The sort of work that rarely gets done anymore, ideal for actual 12 to 16 year olds, though a bit dated.
Cynthia L'Hirondelle
details of plot here: http://sciencefictionruminations.word...

Good start, drags in the middle, last third is the best with more details of the star dwellers and how they live.
Oct 15, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
After getting throught the first convoluted chapter, this is a great book. Inventive classic SciFi. From Jim's early SciFi collection.
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Grade B+. Book A1.
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James Benjamin Blish (East Orange, New Jersey, May 23, 1921 – Henley-on-Thames, July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr.

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–
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