The Seedling Stars
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The Seedling Stars

by James Blish
Release date: 1957
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, short stories

You didn't make an Adapted Man with just a wave of the wand. It involved an elaborate constellation of techniques, known collectively as pantropy, the changed the human pattern in a man's shape and chemistry before he was born. And the pantropists didn't stop there. Education, thoughts, ancestors and the world itself were changed, because the Adapted Men were produced to live and thrive in the alien environments found only in space. They were crucial to a daring plan to colonize the universe

The stories included in this collection are:

  • Seeding Program
  • The Thing in the Attic
  • Surface Tension
  • Watershed

The four related stories that make up this prescient and ambitious book include "Surface Tension", widely recognized as one of James Blish's best, and explore just what it is to be human. Thought-provoking, skilfully crafted and crammed with ideas, dramas and suspense. The Seedling Stars demonstrates that Blish was one of the most intelligent and visionary of all SF writers.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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