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Orphans of the Sky (1963)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Series: Future History (Fixup 10, 12)

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The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship¿s epic voyage has long been forgotten, and gor generations the ginat spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts. Then, one young man discovers the truth about the Ship and changes everything, for ever...… (more)
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    Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss (jigarpatel)
    jigarpatel: "Non-Stop" (1958) is a well-developed successor to Heinlein's fix-up "Orphans of the Sky" (whose components were first published 1941). I recommend "Non-Stop" for plot and characterization, "Orphans of the Sky" for those interested in the history of science fiction. Both are excellent.… (more)
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    The Modern Scholar: From Here to Infinity ~An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature~ (14 Lectures on 7 Audiocassettes) by Michael D. C. Drout (themulhern)
    themulhern: This awful work by Heinlein pretty much refutes everything positive that Drout has to say about Heinlein in his discussion of his work in this quite interesting lecture series.
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Orig. publ. as a two-part serial in Astounding Science Fiction under the titles Universe and Common Sense ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Dit is een van de oorspronkelijke "verloren generatie schip" verhalen, een novelle van twee eerdere korte verhalen van Heinlein. Oorspronkelijk in de jaren '40 geschreven blijft het verhaal toch boeien.

De 'bemanning' van Schip heeft nooit iets anders gekend dan Schip, een gigantisch ruimteschip met meerdere dekken, dat voor hen hun hele universum is. Ze hebben geen notie van beweging of dat er iets buiten Schip is. Lang geleden hebben zij alle begrip van Schip's technologie en oorsprong verloren, ook al doen ze de dingen die nodig zijn om het systeem draaiende te houden.

Het verhaal gaat over een jongeman, die bezig is om wetenschapper te worden, maar die gevangen genomen word door een groep 'mutties', afstammelingen van de muiters, geleid door een bijzonder intelligent tweehoofdige leider, in bezit van een bibliotheek met boeken die hij beter begrijpt dan de 'bemanning'. Hij toont Hugh de sterren en de echte natuur van Schip. Als Hugh terug keert om zijn mede-bemaningsleden hierover te vertellen, loopt het precies zo als je je kan voorstellen. Het loopt uit op muiterij en verraad. Intussen nadert Schip zijn bestemming.

Wat mij betreft geen top SF verhaal, maar een middenmoter, waarbij wel bedacht moet worden dat dit een boek is dat in de '40-er jaren van de vorige eeuw is geschreven. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
The ship Vanguard, originally destined for Proxima Centauri, is cruising pilotless through the interstellar medium as a result of a failed mutiny that killed all of the piloting officers. The descendants of the surviving crew have forgotten the purpose and nature of their ship over time
  JRCornell | Dec 7, 2018 |
Hugh Hoyland loved to read the ancient books, even though some of the things in them were quite strange and fantastic. For example, the “law of gravitation,” He knew when you ascended to the higher decks you got lighter, and when you came down you felt heavier, so what was this odd formula that the ancients attached to it? When he went to the village Scientist he told Hugh that it was a poetic metaphor for human love, and not to worry about it, lest he wander into heresy, and endanger himself and the rest of humanity on the Ship.

Hugh is about to learn that his village Scientist is very wrong is as most of humanity, and the Ship is not the Universe, but the Starship Vanguard, adrift for generations, and that the primitive patriarchy he inhabits is the degenerate remnant of a crew of pioneer space explorers who have lapsed into a state of ignorance, unaware of the universe through which they travel.

Having finished rereading this old favorite, as is often the case, some scenes that I remembered vividly were not quite as I remembered them. This made what was somewhat familiar new and delightful. ( )
  MaowangVater | Apr 21, 2018 |
What happens when a ship full of colonists on a long voyage forgets their past? Seems like an old trope now, but probably wan't in 1941... ( )
  bobholt | Dec 3, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Heinlein, Robert A.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Griffiths, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Halstead, GrahamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaplangı, CemalTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martijn, JaimeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sannes, SanneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Summerer, Eric MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"The Proxima Centauri Expedition, sponsored by the Jordan Foundation in 2119, was the first recorded attempt to reach the nearer stars fo this galaxy. Whatever its unhappy fate we can only conjecture...' - Quoted from The Romance of Modern Astrography, by Franklin Buck, published by Lux Transcriptions, Ltd., 3.50 cr.
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Note that the Italian translation is titled 'Universo' (isfdb), so these entries should not be separated out and combined with the novella 'Universe'.
This novel was first published in Astounding Science Fiction in May and October of 1941 as two separate novelettes: "Universe" and its sequel "Common Sense". "Universe" was reprinted by itself in book form in 1951. The two were combined to form this work in 1963.
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The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship¿s epic voyage has long been forgotten, and gor generations the ginat spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts. Then, one young man discovers the truth about the Ship and changes everything, for ever...

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