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Cities In Flight

James Blish

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S.F. Masterworks, Fiction, Science fiction

One of the absolute must-have top ten SF books of all time with an awesome new cover treatment.

James Blish's galaxy-spanning masterwork, originally published in four volumes, explores a future in which two crucial discoveries - antigravity devices which enable whole cities to be lifted from the Earth to become giant spaceships and longevity drugs which enable their inhabitants to live for thousands of years - lead to the establishment of a unique Galactic empire.

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Praise for Cities In Flight

  • An outrageous imaginative coup...Crammed with high adventure yet illuminated by a searching intelligence, this four-part epic completely reinvented the traditions of space opera. - Paul J McAuley.

  • Of the first importance. - The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

  • This is the real heady wine of science fiction - exciting, intelligent, galaxy-spanning stuff. - Terry Pratchett.

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James Blish

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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