- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (July 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044163754X
- ISBN-13: 978-0441637546
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,602,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Orbit Unlimited Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1955
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Top Customer Reviews
Eventually the Earth authorities and the Constitutionalists find one another mutually intolerable, and the Constitutionalists manage to amass capital and backing to leave Earth to undertake the colonization of the planet Rustum -- the only known semi-Earthlike planet. With this theme as a backdrop Poul Anderson weaves a pretty good yarn about interstellar travel and what it might be like someday.
My main criticism of this novel is its dark pessimism with respect to the future of humanity on Earth. Anderson quite rightly believes that mankind has a destiny out among the stars. Hopefully mankind on Earth will be part of that adventure and not fall victim to political oppression. Recommended. RJB.
The fixed-up novel Orbits Unlimited (1961) by Poul Anderson (1926-2001) is, in my estimation, among his most successful from the early part of his career.
Anderson draws parallels between the Quakers and the Russian old Believers [mentioned in the novel] and the constitutionalist: technology types upset with the existing welfare state. The Constitutional party decides to embark on a space voyage to a world that will support life. This avoids a violent revolution, utilizes the dry-docked space fleet and spreads man to the stars. The book is divided into several parts; the decision to immigrate, conflicts during the deep-sleep expedition and the challenges of setting up the colony. I found the plot expositions logical and the characters sympathetic and creditable. Along with a damn fine story we get some thoughtful ruminations of how a society might best serve its constituents.
"Portions of this book appeared, in somewhat different form, in ''Astounding Science Fiction'' for January 1959 and January 1960, and in ''Fantastic Universe'' for October 1959."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rear cover: `WAS IT A TRAP? The colonists' ships sped towards the far star- they were free at last from the tyrannical government that had oppressed them from birth. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by 2theD
Poul Anderson's Orbit Unlimited is comprised of four short stories linked together chronologically and occasionally by recurrent characters. Read morePublished on July 24, 2009 by Mithridates VI of Pontus