James Blish - A Life For The Stars - Orion Publishing Group

A Life For The Stars

Cities in Flight Book 2

By James Blish

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The second volume in James Blish's SF classic CITIES IN FLIGHT

Science has come to humanity's rescue with two crucial discoveries - antigravity devices that enable whole cities to be lifted from the Earth to become giant spaceships, and longevity drugs that allow their inhabitants to live for thousands of years - lead to the establishment of a unique Galactic empire.

Now, the earth's cities are able to abandon the worn-out homeworld for a new life, a new future. But what will they find as the hurtle off into the depths of space . . . ?

Biographical Notes

James Blish (1921-75) studied microbiology at Rutgers and then served as a medical laboratory technician in the US army during the Second World War. Among his best known books are Cities in Flight, A Case of Conscience, for which he won the Hugo in 1959 for Best Novel, Doctor Mirabilis, Black Easter and The Day After Judgement.

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  • ISBN: 9780575103955
  • Publication date: 29 Sep 2011
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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