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Fifth Planet ( penguin numbered 2244) (original 1963; edition 1965)

by Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle

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Fifth Planet by Fred Hoyle (1963)

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This is the third Hoyle novel I have read though the first co authored by Fred's son Geoffrey.

They are all cartoonish in their approach. Two dimensional characters, lots of talking to explain the science or the set up. Written in the early 1960's , there is the necessary Russia vs the West ( interestingly England has become some kind of neutral space, with Switzerland losing out on that front)

The novels are thought experiments ...what would be the consequences for Earth and its peoples if X were to occur. In the case of Fifth Planet, X is another planetary system passing close enough to Earth to allow Earth to send ( separate expeditions from Russia and the West ) expeditions to land on the one likely habitable planet in the visiting system ( the so called Fifth Planet ) and return to Earth, before the system passes out of our solar system again.

I cannot say that the people aspects of the book are any better than the others, notwithstanding Geoffrey " not being a scientist [like his famous father] has had time to devote more time to the people aspects of the novel" [ not a perfect quote ]

Notwithstanding all of this , I don't mind these books....they raise interesting ideas, efficiently work it over in 200 pages and do not think themselves greater or more important than they are.

Having said all of that the best of these I have read of the "Hoyles" so far has been " The Black Cloud " .

ps the now pathetic reasons for inclusion of a woman on the Russian team , and the stereotypical reaction of the public and the West's team, makes one cringe ( )
  bigship | Nov 3, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fred Hoyleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoyle, Geoffreymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Chesterman, AdrianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, IrvingCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyytäjä, KaleviTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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London 2087

Something strange and terrible was happening to earth ...

Teh city seemed to explode right before Conway's eyes. 
First the flash of blinding light, then the thundering crash. Everywhere around him was destruction and death. I twas the same in all the other major cities of the world. Conway knew that it was somehow connected with that last fateful expedition ... and the creature they had unknowingly brought back - which was now occupying the body of his wife!
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