James Blish was a popular science fiction writer and critic who began his literary career while still in his mid-teens. Not yet out of high school. City Fathers by James Blish: A set of computer systems which run every mechanical system in a city. Cities in Flight deals with long-term space travel. Cities in Flight is an omnibus, first published in , that collects together four novels by James Blish. Those novels themselves were.

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Cover of the first omnibus edition, I think he even admits at one time that he behaves more like a computer now than a human. The second tells an early story of New York and one of it’s earlier prominent characters.

If you want to go pre-loved, this is the edition I have: In They Shall Have Stars it was explained that simple removing all diseases from humanity wouldn’t be cties to stop them aging, and that there was a separate toxin that caused the aging itself and could be counteracted. Like many older science fictio In a time when entire cities have covered themselves with force fields and taken to the stars, a young boy is kidnapped from earth and taken into space aboard one such flying town.

Amalfi plays Captain Kirk. James Fenimore Cooper’s Writings. Sadly, there’s not ‘Federation’ or fligt here, only the remnants of the people that conquered the aliens who call themselves the Emperors of Flibhtand Earth, who’s main role after the Communists finally fell is to police the cities as they fly about.


The passage of time in this novel was seriously hard to comprehend. The Hruntans turn out to have been a bad flibht of allies, as they hold NY hostage and demand from them an explanation of the sought-after friction-field generator tech.

Cities in Flight (Cities in Flight, #) by James Blish

Mar 16, Simon rated it it was ok Shelves: Paperbackpages. Feb 15, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: May 12, Craig Herbertson rated it really liked it. He had hoped for a clear-cut, yes-or-no answer, but what he had gotten stood squarely in the middle.

Books by James Blish.

Earthman, Come Home (Cities in Flight, #3) by James Blish

An elegant stripped down sort of prose is now and again marred by a juvenile fiction sort of tone. And since no human character steps up to take the center ro The third book in the series, but written first.

I think I should’ve read these as separate books. After the war he became the science editor for the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. Sep 29, Daniel Burton-Rose rated it it was ok.

Cities in Flight

Although I bought an omnibus edition of the stories, this, the first written although chronologically the third bookis somewhat of a standout.

I read this back when it was first published, and I can still remember the excitement and wonder I felt when I first encountered these startling ideas. Most likely, I first read this book as a teenager and for me it has not stood the test of time.


Not a book to get for the writing style.

Overall, 3 stars if you can chew flighy pulp. And while not always immediately apparent upon publication, it can become more noticeable over time, as seen in a lot of sci-fi from the mid-twentieth century that features characters supposedly in the far future, but with now-unpalatable attitudes about treatment of all things Other that is straight out of It’s not that I dislike hard sf.

If there were only a few of them, that would jmaes a real danger; but there are more than a hundred, and they monitor and repair each other, so in fact it will never happen. To ask other readers questions about A Life for the Starsplease sign up.

The series of four books is nowadays published as an omnibus in a single volume that spans some two thousand years of Human and Galactic history. Published by Arrow first published Mayor Amalfi comes out of retirement to face a final challenge, one that will have significance for the entire universe.

In the future, mankind will escape the tyranny and poverty of an Eastern controlled Earth, by colonizing the galaxy.