The Outward Urge
The four exciting episodes related here deal with the parts they played in the buil ...more
It's a collection of loosely connected short stories, and the large time jumps, whilst helpful for worldbuilding, don't really make up a continual thread and so don't build tension but rather an anticipation of the next story. In this sense, the novel is quite successful. The characters are reasonably well fleshed out and aren't merely carbon copies of each other.
Wyndham's semi-pessimistic style was a notable contrast to the optimistic works of Asimov and Clarke, carrying with it a gr ...more
To be honest, after all that exc ...more
In 1994, George Montgomery "Ticker" Troon is part of the group secretly building the world's first space station. One day, a missile shows up, probably from the Soviets, that could easily destroy the station and kill a l ...more
On the positives, Wyndham follows an interesting theme, that being one family lineage has a seemingly natural propensity--or 'urge'-- to venture to the beyond. This makes for an interesting framework, and it seems plausible, if not curious, that these endeavours should be helmed by members of a distinct line. Just as many actual people in the world possess names that were originally given by nature of a person's craft, ...more
Un interessante presente e futuro alternativo
Nel 1959, quando questo libro venne pubblicato per la prima volta, non eravamo ancora andati sulla Luna (ci saremmo andati ben dieci anni dopo) e la conquista dello spazio era vista come una normale estensione della cosiddetta guerra fredda. Questo scenario tutt’altro che ottimistico fa da sfondo alla storia di una famiglia di astronauti che si dipana per duecento anni.
Il pessimismo di Wyndham, che avevo già visto ...more
Not indicative of the wider Wyndham canon but probably the most ambitious in scope of all his books. It's the story of 200 years in the lives of a spacefaring family at the awkward birth of a future history spanning the inner solar system.
While I'm not a fan of stories that feature families that are just so damned amazing that they dominate a society for generations, this is an interesting tale that posits that some members of this family were present at key junctures in history that are conveni...more
These five stories were written in the 1950s, and cover the conquest of space through the eyes of a single family, British-Officer-Class in origin, named Troon, which manages to be always at the leading edge of it.
The first story covers the building of the space station, and the intrusion of Cold War politics on a timeline where the Soviet Union didn't fall. The second is on the Moon when the Cold War has turned hot.
The third po ...more
Imagine if Neil Armstrong's son was the first to travel to mars, and his grandson the first to set foot on Venus, and so on.
Right on the money in some areas, and miles off on others, it beautifully captures the great hopes of space travel at time when so much was un ...more
Interesting hard sf written before the moon landing. Some of the stuff is pretty prescient, some not so much.
Four stories of the Troon family going to outer space. Is ok. Will never reread, but my keep it with my other Wyndham books since I like the guy.
…Я слышал, как звезду звала
Ее далекая сестра
Полночным писком комара.
Что вы испытали, прочитав эти три строки? Не почувствовали ничего? Или вспомнили как сидели в два часа ночи на даче и смотрели в ночное звездное небо, так сильно боясь провалиться в него, улетев на этот самый беззвучный, но такой громкий, такой понятный и такой прекрасный зов космоса? Наверное, такое звук взывал и Колумба, и Магеллана, и всех других путешественников, чьи имена канули в лету. Хочется так думать, а не понимать, чт ...more
The story traces the Troon family from one generation to the next, and in all but the last chapter focuses on how the lead character dies while exploring space. The ...more
The only part that didn't work for me was the last story - I wasn't sure it rounded out the bunch but rather left an end dangling. Maybe that was deliberate, but it keeps the set of stories from a 5 star review. ...more