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Question and Answer

by Poul Anderson

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I really enjoyed reading this. Possibly because it was light and undemanding while being engaging at the same time. In many ways the book is a response to the 'Foundation' books of Asimov and other books of its ilk that posit the creation of a human Utopia if only humanity were to be "guided" by a hidden technocratic elite which would map out its future for its own good. It is set in a future where humanity is less and less interested in space exploration beyond the solar system since it is expensive and no earth-like worlds that are not already uninhabited have yet to be found for settlement. An explorer ship sets out for a planet which was reported to be fit for human habitation by a previous expedition which never returned. But there seem to be mysterious forces that are set on preventing the ship from reaching its goal.... ( )
  iftyzaidi | Mar 30, 2011 |
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Question and Answer was the author's original title. It was changed to Planet of No Return when the story was serialized in Astounding and then published in book form. The preferred title was restored when the Ace Books edition appeared in 1978.
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