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The Seedling Stars + Galactic Cluster [Mass Market Paperback]

James Blish

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Essef - Two full books, comprising one novel and eight stories. The Seedling Stars: 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, that 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Seedling Stars; Out of print, but worth finding. 6 Nov 1998
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"The Seedling Stars" by James Blish is a relatively short book, but, interesting for those who are appreciative of Sci-Fi. Actually a group of short, related stories, it tells of a ship of genetic scientists who traverse the galaxy "seeding" various planets with genetically-adapted life forms who possess human intelligence, beginning "human" evolution on worlds that would not support "regular" human life as we know it. The several stories relate the experiences of several individual "humans" (in their new forms) on these worlds, as they discover their humanity and take steps to advance their uninformed and supersticious cultures and their search to understand where they came from and the nature of their existences. One world is a place of tree-dwelling primate-people, another, a water-world of microscopic aquatic humans (generated for that world by the scientists in a last-ditch effort to expand humanity onto that world after their ship crashes on it.). This was a very enjoyable book with a concept that really makes you wonder about our origins (in a sci-fi sort of way), and inspires you to contemplate "what if...".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Centuries of fiction, packed into one novel... 5 Jun 2000
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Blish takes us on a mesmerizing journey through centuries of time and discoveries. From the discoveries of the first interstellar drives to the exploration of the Great Beyond, we are given glimpses into lives and eras of the future. But this book maintains a serial thread, though the short stories contained within are episodical in nature. It is like taking huge steps through time and taking a peek around at each step...then moving quickly onward.
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