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The Starmen of Llyrdis

by Leigh Brackett

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This is a typical space opera and not really unusual in any respect except for the cool device around which the story is built. The monopoly the Vardda people have on interstellar travel and its jealous protection provides the interesting backdrop against which this story is penned and it is engaging. While not being a page-turner, it is consistent with quality golden age space opera in that there is a constant upbeat pace and many interesting changes of location.

Complete review at: The Great Gnome Press Science Fiction Odyssey, and a close-up examination of the book itself.
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  raisey | Feb 10, 2010 |
I'm an interstellar trading lord, how about you?

An earth man finds out that we aren't alone, and he is one of the few that has the genetics for space travel.

Therein lies the conflict, this genetic issue. Those that have it, and the conservative faction would rather like to keep their moneymaking and power monopoly thanks very much, while a rebel group would like for everyone to eventually be able to do space in a big way. The previous leader of which has disappeared into the depths of space.

Still, pretty reasonably handled by Brackett, and worth a look.

http://leighdbrackett.wordpress.com/a-selection-of-leigh-brackett-stories-online...

http://freesf.blogspot.com/2009/10/starmen-leigh-brackett.html ( )
  bluetyson | Apr 10, 2009 |
I'm an interstellar trading lord, how about you?

An earth man finds out that we aren't alone, and he is one of the few that has the genetics for space travel.

Therein lies the conflict, this genetic issue. Those that have it, and the conservative faction would rather like to keep their moneymaking and power monopoly thanks very much, while a rebel group would like for everyone to eventually be able to do space in a big way. The previous leader of which has disappeared into the depths of space.

Still, pretty reasonably handled by Brackett, and worth a look.

http://leighdbrackett.wordpress.com/a-selection-of-leigh-brackett-stories-online...

http://freesf.blogspot.com/2009/10/starmen-leigh-brackett.html ( )
  bluetyson | Mar 28, 2008 |
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