'One of the best and most realistic science fiction pieces I have read' Kingsley Amis
If you were looking for a fallen star, would you go happily off to the North Pole and dig holes into the seas-bed, grubbing for pieces of rock You wouldn't Neither would Julian Cole. He was dragged there.
Would you choose as companions a cashiered astronomer whose capacity was purely alcoholic, a pneumatic woman whose walk alone was enough to set a man to itching, plus a collection of failures and misfits scooped from the gutters of New York Neither did Julian. They picked him.
And when this bungling crew of heterogeneous hoboes stumbled on to a world-shattering discovery, would you believe them Julian had to. He was there.
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.