March 31st, 2016


The Seedling Stars, by James Blish

I gave up on this anthology of linked short stories about a third of the way into "Surface Tension", which "was among the stories selected in 1970 by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the best science fiction short stories published before the creation of the Nebula Awards." But I just couldn't cotton to the gimmick of little microbe-sized 'humans'. So sue me. I'll feel no regrets selling it on ebay.

At least there was an interesting idea that links the stories together. We normally think of terraforming: changing a planet so humans can live on it. The book is predicated on the idea of pantropy [Blish's neologism]: changing the humans so they can live on a planet.