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Cover of Auch sie sind Menschen (Weltraumtaschenbuch)

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Cover of Auch sie sind Menschen (Zukunftsroman)

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AUCH SIE SIND MENSCHEN
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ORIGINAL TITLE:


      The Seedling Stars
© 1957

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AUTHOR(S):

       DICK, Philip K.
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PUBLISHER (TOP):

       GOLDMANN

ISBN: none, WTB 07
YEAR: 1962
FORMAT: paperback
LANGUAGE: german
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TRANSLATORS:


Tony Westermayr
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COVER ILLUSTRATION (TOP):

       Eyke Volkmer
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PUBLISHER (BOTTOM):

       GOLDMANN

ISBN: none, Z 12
YEAR: 1960
FORMAT: paperback
LANGUAGE: german
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COVER ILLUSTRATION (BOTTOM):

       Atelier H. Lorenz (Eyke Volkmer)
Content:

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 live ...
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