- Mass Market Paperback: 255 pages
- Publisher: Ace; First edition (1955)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000CLRZMI
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,424,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Bridge Mass Market Paperback – 1955
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Williamson's imagery and wordcraft set the standard for many of today's modern masters. His antihero Horn, the eccentric man-with-a-secret Wu, and his decaying human empire are shown in high relief, and the imagery evoked burns itself into your mind permanently.
Find and read this book; do what you must to acquire a copy, and savor it slowly. Horn's passage through the Tube and hyperspace is one of the most stirring examinations of consciousness I've yet to read; it still moves me.
Find out why one man can move an empire...
And what a story! I first read this novel at the age of 9, just a few years after it came out, and have periodically re-read it every so often since then. I outgrew much of what I read in my teen years and before, but this book is one of those stories that I still enjoy now as much as I did then.
This story succeeds on more than one level. Most obviously, it is a fastpaced adventure story. On another level, it's one of those stories where things aren't quite what they seem at first glance. Or at the second (third? fourth?) glance. That, I think,is what keeps me coming back to this novel -- the thought that I may see something in it that I missed on the previous reads.
One thing that completely perplexes me is how unknown Star Bridge is, even among science fiction fandom. It is in the top rank of Williamson's work (that goes for Gunn, too), yet I find that even big fans of Williamson often have never heard of it. Hopefully there will be enough demand for used copies of this book that someone may do another reprint. I think it's about time -- and it would really be cool if it were to be made into a movie.
The basic plot: Against the immense, corrupt, decadent and pitiless Eron Empire, fate (or maybe something else -- a shadowy master manipulator) pits a single man: Alan Horn. Horn is a cold, hard-edged, and extremely competent outlaw, who is eventually forced to give up his embittered, detached loner mindset when he finds himself pursued by the entire might of Eron. Horn avoids capture for a while with his sure reflexes and extraordinary resourcefulness, but eventually he realizes that no man can stay ahead of Eron forever. His answer: He will fight back. He will single-handedly bring down the mightiest empire of all time. Along the way, he gets entangled with various colorful characters, and falls in love with Wendre, the daughter of the Emperor he has assassinated.
While Star Bridge may reflect a certain fifties sci-fi mindset, such a categorization doesn't do it justice. With its fast pace, amazing imagery, brilliantly imagined physical situations, terse but subtly philosophic tone, and its constant action, Star Bridge transcends its time and place of origin.Read more ›
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Though written in 50s this book is at par with todays sci-fi stories. Concept of Interstellar Tubes is out of the world! overall its full of surprises and funn to read!Published 1 month ago by P
Star Bridge (1955) is a standalone SF novel. It is set fifteen centuries from now in a galaxy bridged by golden Tubes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Arthur W Jordin
Five out of five stars for Star Bridge
This stellar science fiction novel is a great read for teens and adults who love science fiction. Read more
A simplistic, guided tour through simplistic governments and motives. Mysterious "tubes" allow instant access to distant planets. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C Weiser
Had read its Marathi translation by Narayan Dharap, about 20 yrs ago, and marvelled at the scope of this novel. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by milindvh
"And here, face downward in the sun
To feel how swift how secretly
The shadow of the night comes on. Read more
I first read STAR BRIDGE in high school during the early 1960s. The book was lost in a move and I have been casually looking for replacement ever since. Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by Scott
In Starbridge, Jack Williamson and James Gunn try to produce an adventure story with an epic scope and the "sense of wonder" SF critics are always talking about. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Mitchell Glodek