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The Seedling Stars
none, WTB 07
COVER ILLUSTRATION (TOP):
none, Z 12
COVER ILLUSTRATION (BOTTOM):
H. Lorenz (Eyke
A nice novel about the human quest to colonize the universe.
Not terraforming is the key in Blish's "The Seedling
Stars", but the adaptation of people to the otherwise
hostile environments of the planets.
Divided into "three books", we witness the first
stage, where the "adapted" people are still
outcasts, almost criminals. We then join a society of
colonists who bear close resemblance to apes. The story
moves into the future but its like revisiting human history
(unless, of course, you believe that god made us all).
The third book is set even further in the future and it
takes us even further back in the evolution of life. This
last series of adapted "people" lives among
the smallest creatures in a few puddles ...
The fact that Blish examines three different stages is
clearly an advantage. If he had dwelt just a few pages
longer on each of the themes, they would have become very
boring and painful to read. For a reader of the 21st century
its already very "classic".
And of course each of the three phases are a mirror of
human society and character and of course nothing really
changes, no matter what people look like or where they