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Cities in Flight is a collection of the four novels that James Blish wrote in the 1950's about what became known as "Okie cities," cities that, because of depressed economic conditions, like the Oklahoma migrants of the 1930's, equiped themselves with Spindizzy drives and traveled to the stars in search of work and prosperity. Overlook's summary for its 2000 edition reads as follows: Blish's brilliant and bleak classic is built on two crucial discoveries: antigravity devices-"spindizzies"which allow whole cities to be lifted from Earth to become giant spaceships, and longevity drugs, which enable the cities' inhabitants to live for thousands of years. In the first novel, They Shall Have Stars, man has thoroughly explored the solar system, yet the dream of going even further seems to have died in all but one man. His role in the discovery of spindizzies, faster-than-light travel, and the secret of immortality puts the stars within man's reach at last. Centuries later, in A Life for the Stars, antigravity generators have enabled whole cities to lift off the surface of Earth to become galactic wanderers. In Earthman, Come Home, the nomadic cities revert to barbarism and begin to pose a threat to all civilized worlds. In the final novel, The Triumph of Time, history repeats itself as the cities once again journey back into space, leading to a terrifying discovery that could destroy the entire universe. A compelling and haunting vision of our world and its limits, this Overlook publication returns to print, an unquestioned science fiction masterpiece.
The millennia-old war between good and evil leaps its unearthly bounds... The Devil's Day Black Easter and The Day After Judgment in one volume by James Blish 7776 room stank of demons. And it was not just the room-which would have been unusual, but not unprecedented. Demons were not welcome visitors on Monte Albano, where the magic practiced was aimed at a more perfect mystic union with God and His two revelations, the Scriptures and the World.... No, the stench was something in the general air. It was, in fact, something that was abroad in the world...the secular world, God's world, the world at large. And it would have to be something extraordinarily powerful, extraordinarily malign, for Father Domenico to have detected it without prayer, without ritual, without divination, without instruments or instrumentalities of any kind....None of the White Monks had invoked any infernal power for more than a twelvemonth past....Even the records, which kept themselves without possibility of human intervention, confirmed it. That exhalation from Hell-mouth was drifting up from the world below. Baines is a bored businessman with a taste for the macabre-a munitions dealer accustomed to fomenting war wherever and whenever he can. But nuclear proliferation has, ironically, been bad for business, and Baines needs something, anything to reverse that trend. His restless mind conceives a notion that satisfies his desire for profit and amusement both-a scheme for letting loose all the demons of Hell for one night of unfettered destruction-and he commissions Theron Ware, the great Black Magician, to carry out the plan. Ware alone has the ability-and the power-to call up those chained to the darkness. Crimes of violence, chiefly murder, are his specialty. He will arrange for demons to kill almost anyone...for a price. As his scruples are invoked, the fee rises. But for Baines' commission, the payment can't be high enough. For Theron Ware has never before attempted to work his evil skill on such a monstrous scale. And if he cannot call the demons home again, their liberation will be permanent-a catastrophe for the entire human race.
The inhabitants of Terra could not believe these beings were sentient and intelligent, but the inhabitants of Terra needed to establish contact with them. By chance, the role Jack Loftus was to play in this became crucial: if he were successful, it would open a new era in interstellar relations, if he were not . . .
From "Star Trek 2": <P>Arena; A Taste of Armageddon; Tomorrow Is Yesterday; Errand of Mercy; Court Martial; Operation--Annihilate!; The City on the Edge of Forever; & Space Seed.<P>From "Star Trek 3":<P>The Trouble with Tribbles; The Last Gunfight; The Doomsday Machine; Assignment: Earth; Mirror, Mirror; Friday's Child; & Amok Time.<P>From "Star Trek 8":<P>Spock's Brain; The Enemy Within; Catspaw; Where No Man Has Gone Before; Wolf in the Fold; & For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky.
From "Star Trek 1":<P>Charlie's Law; Dagger of the Mind; The Unreal McCoy; Balance of Terror; The Naked Time; Miri; and The Conscience of the King.<P> From "Star Trek 4":<P>All Our Yesterdays; The Devil in the Dark; Journey to Babel; The Menagerie; The Enterprise Incident; and A Piece of the Action.<P>From "Star Trek 9":<P>Return to Tomorrow; The Ultimate Computer; That Which Survives; Obsession; The Return of the Archons; and The Immunity Syndrome.
From "Star Trek 5":<P> Whom Gods Destroy; The Tholian Web; Let That Be Your Last Battlefield; This Side of Paradise; Turnabout Intruder; Requiem for Methuselah; & The Way to Eden.<P> From "Star Trek 6":<P> The Savage Curtain; The Lights of Zetar; The Apple; By Any Other Name; The Cloud Minders; & The Mark of Gideon.<P> From "Star Trek 7":<P> Who Mourns for Adonais?; The Changeling; The Paradise Syndrome; Metamorphosis; The Deadly Years; & Elaan of Troyius.
In addition to Blish's original Star Trek novel, Spock Must Die!, the episodes here include:<P> From "Star Trek 10":<P> The Alternative Factor<P> The Empath<P> The Galileo Seven<P> Is There in Truth No Beauty?<P> A Private Little War<P> The Omega Glory<P> From "Star Trek 11":<P> What Are Little Girls Made Of?<P> The Squire of Gothos<P> Wink of an Eye<P> Bread and Circuses<P> Day of the Dove, and<P> Plato's Stepchildren.<P> Using the original scripts, which sometimes differed from the final filmed episode, James Blish turned each episode of the original Star Trek into a short story, which were collected into anthologies and published as paperback originals. The Star Trek Reader IV collects two of these anthologies: Star Trek 10, and Star Trek 11, and Blish's original Star Trek novel, Spock Must Die!.<P> James Blish was a science fiction writer who wrote over 27 novels, most notably the Cities in Flight series, and A Case of Conscience, for which he won a Hugo Award. He also was a highly respected critic, and his criticism in collected in the books The Issue at Hand, and More Issues at Hand, (published under the pen name of William Atheling, Jr.).
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