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Hello Summer, Goodbye

(Pallahaxi #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  23 reviews
It was an alien planet - yet not too alien from Earth. It had its differences; its ice goblins, its curious furry lorrin, its thickening water, and its unearthly tides, but for a young man like Alika-Drove thinking of a vacation by the sea these oddities were the norm.

But this vacation was different. Rax was coming into the ascendant and Rax, that cold second sun, was the
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published June 1975 by Gollancz (first published 1975)
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mark monday
and off the whole family goes to the seaside village of Pallahaxi! it's vacation time! or is it? the dead planet Rax looms in the sky, drawing nigh.

Coney plays with multiple tones in this elegiac coming of age tale: heartfelt and hopeful for the charming young lovers finding their way; angry and cynical for the increasing understanding that many adults are untrustworthy assholes and the world is full of broken governmental systems; fateful and eerie when hinting at what may come next for this s
To be honest, I never heard of the author until I read about him in a Best-Ever-SF-List. 'Hello Summer, Goodbye' is considered to be his most succesfull work and after reading the novel, I cannot do otherwise but praise the book. The work is no classic SF and more soft than hard SF, describing a world which is quite similar to our earth, with a stage of development that makes the book - technically speaking - one of the first steampunk novels. The author was also clearly influenced by the cold w ...more
David Rose
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-re-read
This short sf/fantasy story is one of those rare treasures that, once read,
engraves the memories of a stranger in a tender corner of your heart.

Coney, writing through the eyes and experiences - and within the limited knowledge of the world - of the youthful hero of the story, brings to life the strange world which Alika-Drove (who is not human) calls home. Simultaneously with discovering the world through Drove's observations, the reader is drawn sympathetically into his growing up as he begins
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was around 17. Made my heart ache then, and it still does just thinking about it. What a story.
Ian Anderson
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, used-to-own
Despite the author's assertion that this is a war story it seems that war plays very little part in it. It is a teenage boy growing up story, set over a summer holiday. His growing awareness of social class and sexual attractiveness plus conflict with parents, other children and adults form the dynamics of the story. The protagonist is realistically self obsessed, egotistical and socially inept.

The science fiction aspect of the book is a slightly exotic background to the story until near the end
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jedna od onih koji koja me je obeležila.
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lovely fairytale - for those who dream.
Nihal Vrana
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I wish I had read this book when I was 16. This is the best young adult book I have ever seen and I do not say this in a derigatory way. It is beyond a young adult book (with a brilliantly thought-out underlying plot, great planet specific peculiarities and wonderful characters) but the honesty and sense of wonder related to a very eventful summer holiday is the ,unexpected, high point of the book.
Coney writes with great pace and even though his descriptions are, maybe intentionally, ambigious
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
What a lovely, lovely novel. Hello Summer, Goodbye is a little gem of a book that deserves more recognition - it should be a major classic in the SF field.

As a coming-of-age tale, Hello Summer, Goodbye works remarkably well. Drove's transition from child to adult - figuring out things from the subtext, thinking for himself, falling in love with Browneyes and standing up to his parents - were very engaging. Coney showed some real worldbuilding skills here. Apart from the memorable setting (Who c
Bojan Stevanović
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knjiga je počela, pomalo nevino, avanturama nalik onim o kojima čitate u delima Žila Verna. Ali nikako nisam očekivao ovakav kraj. Možda su četiri zvezdice i previše ipak ne mogu da poreknem da me je priča dotakla. Voleo bih da sam je pročitao u tinejdžerskom periodu ali mislim da bih je onda doživeo drugačije.
Apr 05, 2014 marked it as to-read
the title/cover/genre trio make this look SO interesting. but the description is a.w.f.u.l on first glance. I would be willing to read: a battered old used copy that costs less than $1.50.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this book a 100 stars if I could! It is one of my all time favourite books, and I re-read it 3 times already. Despite that, it still is able to transform me into an emotional wreck every single time. It starts off as some kind of science fiction for kids and young adults. Plot is interesting and engaging, characters are awesomely reletable, scenery is breath-taking, etc. But it is so innocent story almost all the way up until the end. But the ending is so unexpected, vile, horrifying, s ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. The ecology of the planet on which it was set was very interesting, as was the planet's unusual relationship to its sun and another planet in the system. The characters were well-drawn and the story of young love was handled very well. Some readers may not like that the novel's ending is rather ambiguous--deliberately so, I believe--but I prefer to consider it thought-provoking rather than ambiguous. I am now eager to read the sequel, "I Remember Pallahaxi" in orde ...more
Marko Mrđenović
Kada mi je ova knjiga došla u ruke nisam ni znao da je u pitanju naučna fantastika. Knjiga je predivna puna života, ljubavi klasnih podjela. Iako se sve odvija na drugoj planeti nije naglasak na naučnoj fantastici.
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A sadly underrated gem of science fiction. Also published in the US under the title “Rax”. This book really deserves to be reprinted.
Masayuki Arai
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing plot!!!!!!!!!
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Interesting idea, unexpected ending. maybe the experience of reading would be better if i were a teenager :)
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
sooo good!
Norman Howe
Read under American title: Rax
Hirosasazaki Sasazaki
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wanna read SF and love story. this is perfect novel in that mood.
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Michael Greatrex Coney was born in Birmingham, England and educated at King Edward's School.

He started a career as a chartered accountant and went on to become a management Consultant. Then he went into the catering business, managing an inn in south Devon with his wife, Daphne for three years and a hotel in the West Indies for another three. He worked for Financial Services in the B.C. Forest Se

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