Orphans of the Sky
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Orphans of the Sky

by Robert A. Heinlein
Release date: 1963
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

The Robert H. Heinlein novella Universe was published in the May 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. Sequel novella Common Sense was published in ASF in October of the same year. Both were slightly modified by the author and published together as Orphans of the Sky in 1963.

This science fiction classic became a paradigm for many sf plots to follow. An interstellar ship drifting aimlessly through space is peopled by inhabitants who have forgotten its history. The ship is their universe as they farm, raise families, and battle the mutants that inhabit the ship's upper levels. Can young Hugh Hoyland unravel the ship's mysteries and convince its inhabitants of his discoveries? Heinlein adroitly explores issues of morality and the folly of blind loyalty while delivering an action-packed story full of believable characters.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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