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The Orchid Cage

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On a distant planet, not too different from Earth, there stands a mechanized city with no visible inhabitants. Obviously of a highly developed civilization, the question is, who built it, where are they. and what can humans learn from them?
Paperback, DAW Books No. 79, 174 pages
Published November 1973 by DAW Books (first published 1961)
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Chris Duval
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Discussion of this novel in English is insufficient in easily accessed sources. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction in the article on the author says little more than it is complex and that the alien world transforms the characters profoundly. The Wikipedia article on the author lists this novel, but doesn’t have a separate page on it, nor any discussion of it. When I searched Goodreads for reviews I found only one, in German.

If there were someone who read all the novels in their original langu
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Gisselle Moyano
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Las primeras cien páginas de este libro son una completa pérdida de tiempo. No ocurre absolutamente nada interesante; sólo se describe el viaje de los personajes hacia el centro de la ciudad. Durante este viaje sólo ocurren conversaciones tediosas y descubrimientos menores que no tienen ninguna importancia, y que son mencionados sin propósito alguno. Si el viaje iba a ser tan inútil y poco relevante, el autor debiese haberlo acortado. Lo único que logra este viaje es mostrar lo estúpidos que son ...more
Christian
«Der Orchideenkäfig» war jener Roman, mit dem ich als Teen Herbert W. Frankes Science-Fiction kennen lernte. Einfach nur geil. Darauf las ich aus seiner Feder einen Roman um den anderen und auch die bei Suhrkamp erschienenen Kurzgeschichten, bis ich an den Punkt gelangte, an dem ich sehnlichst auf die nächste Publikation wartete: auf den Roman «Zentrum der Milchstrasse» stürzte ich mich 1990 bei dessen Erscheinen wie ein Süchtiger und erkannte gerade auch darin dessen Protagonisten, Alvin Katz, ...more
Emperador Spock
Zwei Gruppen von Jungen haben einen in der Vergangenheit vermutlich bewohnten Planeten entdeckt. Das ist nicht ungewöhnlich, da sie zentausend Jahre in der Zukunft wohnen und die Suche nach den Planeten im Weltraum eine typische Weise der Unterhaltung für die Leute ist. Intelligentes Leben zu finden ist eine seltene und große Ehre.

Diese Gruppen von Jungen treten in eine leere Stadt auf diesem Planeten ein, und sie ringen miteinander zwischen den Ruinen und den Fabriken und Kraftwerken, die denno
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Ignacio
Futuro distópico y novela de final interesante a la que le sobra el 80% inicial de la novela. Plantéa una idea muy buena sobre viajes interestelares, pero sólo lo hace al final del libro mientras dedica las dos primeras terceras partes a relatarnos una novelilla de aventuras moderadamente entretenido. Si hubiese comenzado al revés y lo hubiese desarrollado en todo su potencial, creo que la novela me hubiese gustado mucho más.
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Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent, creative book about humans exploring an alien, abandoned city.
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Herbert W. Franke is an Austrian scientist and writer. He is considered one of the most important science fiction authors in the German language. He is also active in the fields of future research, speleology as well as computer graphics and digital art.

Franke studied physics, mathematics, chemistry, psychology and philosophy in Vienna. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics in 1950 by w
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