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Search the Sky

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Search the Sky by C. M. Kornbluth is a thought-provoking science fiction novel that explores themes of societal control, individuality, and freedom. The story takes place in a future where humanity has colonized multiple planets and has become dependent on a centralized government known as the Plan of Man. The protagonist, Burl, embarks on a journey to uncover the truth behind the Plan of Man and find a way to break free from its constraints.

Kornbluth creates a vivid and immersive world filled with intriguing technological advancements and complex social structures. The novel skillfully delves into the consequences of conformity and the importance of questioning authority. The characters are well-developed and their struggles feel relatable, making the reader empathize with their plight.

Overall, Search the Sky is a captivating and thought-provoking read that will leave readers contemplating the implications of blindly following societal norms. Kornbluth's writing is engaging and the plot is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Science fiction fans looking for a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating read will thoroughly enjoy this novel.

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Ross was a junior trader on Halsey's Planet, and had great prospects but was not happy at all. Everything smelled of decay. The whole planet seemed to be slowly disappearing, the population dwindling month by month and year by year and yet no one seemd to care or even notice. Something was very, very wrong. When the first interstellar transport in 30 years arrived on Halsey's Planet, it brought things to a head. The ship had touched on six other colony worlds - and all six had been devoid of human life. Where was everybody? It was almost as if humankind, when separated by cosmic distances from Mother Earth, could not survive. He didn't know the answer but he knew it all smelled highly of decay. Decay and Rot. This highly praised novel by C.M.Kornbluth and Frederick Pohl was first published in 1954 was seen as a wonderful satire on various trends in the society of the 1950's. - Summary by phil Chenevert

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