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Citadel   By: (1931-2008)

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Citadel by Algis Budrys displays the essence of science fiction at its finest. Set in a bleak future, the novel takes readers on a thrilling journey that explores complex themes of identity, moral ambiguity, and the delicate balance of power.

Budrys' writing style is elegant and captivating from the very first page, making it nearly impossible to put the book down. His attention to detail creates a vividly imagined world that feels strikingly realistic, evoking a sense of wonder and awe in readers. The relentless pacing of the story keeps the tension high, as suspense lingers around every corner.

The protagonist, Tedric, is a flawed yet compelling character whose journey unfolds with great depth and complexity. As readers, we witness Tedric's struggle to reconcile his own identity with the role society imposes on him, forcing us to ponder the nature of individuality, free will, and the power of personal choice. His transformation is masterfully portrayed, gradually leading us to question our own beliefs and assumptions along the way.

What sets Citadel apart from other science fiction novels is its exploration of moral ambiguity and the fragility of power dynamics. The world Budrys constructs is one where no one is truly innocent, and everyone has their own agenda. The interplay between characters is rife with political intrigue and manipulation, blurring the lines between right and wrong, hero and villain. This moral complexity adds layers of depth to the narrative, making it not only an exhilarating adventure but also a thought-provoking exploration of human nature.

Additionally, Budrys' attention to scientific and technological detail is impressive. He seamlessly integrates advanced concepts throughout the story, allowing readers to immerse themselves in a future world where technology has become both a blessing and a curse. This integration serves to enhance the overall world-building and adds an extra layer of authenticity to the narrative.

While Citadel is a fantastic work of science fiction, it is not without its flaws. At times, the complexity and intricacy of the story may be overwhelming for some readers, and the dense prose may require a certain level of patience. However, for those who appreciate thought-provoking and intelligent science fiction, these minor shortcomings are easily overshadowed by the superb storytelling and imaginative world-building.

In conclusion, Citadel is a remarkable and thought-provoking science fiction novel that showcases Algis Budrys' mastery of the genre. With its engaging characters, intricate plot, and exploration of moral ambiguity, the book is a must-read for fans of science fiction and anyone seeking a gripping tale that goes beyond the boundaries of the genre. Budrys' ability to blend philosophical questions with thrilling storytelling is a testament to his skill as a writer, leaving readers eagerly awaiting his next creation.

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Illustrated by van Dongen

He was looking for a privacy his strange personality needed. And never quite seemed to achieve it. All his efforts were, somehow great triumphs of the race, and great failures for him!


The aging man was sweating profusely, and he darted sidelong glances at the windowless walls of the outer office. By turns, he sat stiffly in a corner chair or paced uneasily, his head swiveling constantly.

His hand was clammy when Mead shook it.

"Hello, Mr. Mead," he said in a husky, hesitant voice, his eyes never quite still, never long on Mead's face, but darting hither and yon, his glance rebounding at every turn from the walls, the floor, the ceiling, the closed outer door.

Christopher Mead, Assistant Undersecretary for External Affairs, returned the handshake, smiling. "Please come into my office," he said quickly. "It's much more spacious."

"Thank you," the aging man said gratefully and hurried into the next room. Mead rapidly opened the windows, and some of the man's nervousness left him. He sank down into the visitor's chair in front of Mead's desk, his eyes drinking in the distances beyond the windows. "Thank you," he repeated.

Mead sat down behind the desk, leaned back, and waited for the man's breathing to slow... Continue reading book >>

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