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The colonist's ships sped toward the far star - they were free at last from the tyrannical government that had oppressed them from birth. Then came the message from Earth - "Return at once-new govrnment-guarantee your freedom-at home!" Was this a reprieve from death - for the perilous ordeal of colonizing an unknown planet would cost many lives - or a trick....

Title : Orbit Unlimited
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ISBN : 9780586042717
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Number of Pages : 173 Pages
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Orbit Unlimited Reviews

  • Simon
    2019-05-01 09:57

    Four interlinked stories that together tell the story of how Earth's first colonisation of another planet comes about, just before it's space programme is about to close down for good.The final story is far and away the best in the collection but by then it's too late; we've already had to sit through a lot of run of the mill SF that was barely entertaining. Although we are introduced to the characters of the final story in the preceeding stories, they do little to flesh them out or establish them in the reader's mind.Poul Anderson can write great SF (and fantasy for that matter) but only a tiny glimmer of this man's talent is in evidence here, and only in the final story. It is becoming quite clear to me that he wrote a lot of forgettable books that readers interested in exploring the classics of the field would do well to avoid.

  • Jon
    2019-05-03 10:11

    Well, this is the least fun Poul Anderson book I've read so far. There were nuggets of greatness but there were a few issues for me: One, this was like 3 short stories ended with a novella. they were labeled parts I-IV but it's definitely a few short works combined into one story that didn't really need each other or feel like a full story. The first was a worry by elites about a group of Constitutionalists gaining power, and trying to figure out what to do with them. The constitutionalists eventually realize they can just be pioneers like pilgrims and head to space. This was the set up. A LOT of exposition, worldbuilding, preaching, was difficult to get through and I almost quit the book in this section.Part II is colonists in space. The elites have died, constitutionalists are back welcome. Do they continue on? The world they knew will be dead (40 years passed) but the world they're heading to is harsh. Interesting part. Strongest portion of the book. Different characters than one.Part III elaborated on part 2, but also had some tie backs character wise to part I. They're arriving at the colony, the ship captain wants to head back, but some colonists want to stay anyway. They need supplies and a ship is stuck in a radiation zone in orbit which makes it tough to get them. This was a 7/10 okay part.Part IV: On the colony a kid is getting bullied disappears into the wilderness and they have to rescue him. It's a bit drawn out though this was solid too, kinda 7/10.Low rating is mostly because of the slog of a start. I expected a bit more out of Anderson based on his other great books. It was alright, but given his great and large catalogue, I'd start somewhere else!

  • Stephen Gallup
    2019-05-17 02:59

    I grabbed this slim paperback to read on a trip when I knew there'd be a long layover in the Denver airport. And that's where I finished it. It was just about a perfect choice for reading under those conditions -- not too heavy but intriguing enough to keep my interest despite multiple distractions.The story opens in a future era that has a domineering government and enormous social stratification such that most of humanity leads brutish lives while the ruling elites enjoy themselves at the top of the heap (a world that our present leaders seem determined to create, in my view). A few semi-privileged individuals who desire another option have the opportunity to go elsewhere, because a somewhat Earthlike planet has been discovered 20 light-years away.The novel is divided into four distinct parts, each of which presents a crisis. I felt that some of the crises, or at least the way in which they were presented, felt more like insoluble problems than dramatic conflicts. The reasons they could not be resolved were made so clear that each time I began to feel depressed. However, one character's response is always to imagine going forward without having succeeded, finding that outcome completely unacceptable, and then persisting in the search for an answer until some element of the problem becomes part of an elegant solution.I also liked the rather vivid depiction of what it might be like to adapt to life in a very different place. Among other things, the new planet has a 62-hour rotation period, a sun that looks too big, one-fourth again as much gravity as Earth, and such dense atmosphere that the colonists are comfortable only at high altitudes. I thought of the adjustments colonists in, say, North America or Australia had to make in bygone times, and realized that maybe I shouldn't feel so daunted by the continuing changes that modern life throws my way.

  • Josh
    2019-04-25 01:59

    Poul Anderson is a legend, but this is far from his best work.Rather than a novel, this is a collection of interconnected stories about establishing a colony on a distant planet--a little like Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, but not nearly as well executed.The first story could be skipped altogether. It's mostly a 40-page infodump that introduces a couple of characters you'll see later on. The "twist" ending is so contrived that you'll find yourself rolling your eyes and maybe laughing out loud.In the second story, a vessel that has departed for a faraway planet called Rustum receives a message from Earth to the effect of: "We know you guys left on bad terms, but Earth is cool now, so you should come back." The colonists, awake only in year-long shifts while the majority are in stasis, must make some hauntingly difficult decisions. This was definitely my favorite story in this collection.The third story is about a stupid mistake that could doom the new space colony. It falls in line with the previous story's theme of tough decisions, as the "colonists" and "astronauts" must recover supplies from the irradiated zone in which they lost a ship.The final story is about a lost misfit child and the mission to find him. It's the most character-focused story in the collection, and the later portion includes some fun details about Rustum's fauna.

  • David
    2019-05-02 02:07

    Three previously published short stories put together in book form. They are related and do tell a complete story but they do not mesh together very well. The first tells of a minority group forced to leave Earth. The second tells of the voyage to another star and of the arrival. The third takes place several years later on the planet and in my opinion is probably the best of the three.

  • Timothy Boyd
    2019-05-20 05:21

    Good SiFi story. Poul Anderson always adds just the right amount of real science to his stories to make the SiFi background of the story a workable, believable world. Recommended

  • John
    2019-04-27 08:15

    Interesting book. A bit slow at times, but a great story. Typical Poul Anderson. :) Hard sci/fi to be sure. Probably too much for the casual reader.

  • Charles
    2019-05-08 03:15

    Good SF adventure.

  • Charles
    2019-04-24 08:59

    This is a nicely executed book - it's basically three short glimpses into the lives of earth's first pioneers. As others have mentioned the third story is the best of the lot.

  • Peter
    2019-04-22 10:00

    Only read this once - may re-read at some point

  • colleen
    2019-05-17 02:51

    read 08.30.84