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La cosmonave dei ventiquattro

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  117 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Ecco un robusto, asciutto romanzo di fantascienza spaziale: tutto di fatti e di avventure concrete, dalla contrasta partenza della "cosmonave di fase" all'atterraggio sul primo pianeta e all'incerta ripresa del viaggio attraverso le zone inesplorate della galassia. Quasi un western, dunque: una inarrestabile avanzata di coraggiosi nell'ovest selvaggio. E la stessa figura d ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Urania #848, 184 pages
Published August 10th 1980 by Mondadori (first published 1965)
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Jesse Whitehead
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gordon R. Dickson is one of those legends that gets spoken of solemnly and with great respect. Together with Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, H. Beam Piper, Hugo Gernsback and John W. Campbell, as well as many others he helped to forge science fiction from the bedrock of literature. Much of what we know about science today was brand new back then and a lot of it wasn't even widely accepted. Many of Einstein's theories he didn't believe himself and there was a great deal of discussion in scienti ...more
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
1st line: "Ben Shore woke--and the long interior of the barracks-like building around him was still, moonlit dark."

It's funny to read this because it seems completely cliche now, almost like a parody of an SF novel...but of course in 1965 most of this was probably brand new and exciting!

What we have is General Ben Shore, who hijacks the just-finished "phase ship" (whose infinite probability drive is clearly what Douglas Adams was parodying with the Heart of Gold) so that he can go off to search
Charles JunkChuck
Not up to par with the best of Dickson's stuff--he gives us late "golden age" sci-fi with a helpful coating of Edgar Rice Burroughs and maybe a little of Heinlein's adolescent stuff. It's an unwieldy conglomeration for s story dominated by a purposefully unlikable--but not unsympathetic--protagonist who sees his responsibility as embracing the solitude of command and making the hard (cold) choices. His efforts to stand apart from the men and women he leads ultimately isolate him from the reader ...more
Entertaining first contact book
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertainment
A good story by a writer one can rely on to create a good story.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade C-.
Ronald Ward
Read this along time ago.

I liked the way the ship got around, by folding space rather than going from a to b.
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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