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Wheelworld (To the Stars, Vol. 2) Paperback – October, 1981
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About the Author
Harry Harrison is an American science fiction author best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
It's technically the second in a series of three, but it can be read as a solo. I'm a big fan of the 'road trip' style of story, and this certainly hit the spot. There's the alien world, the awkward cultural problems, and the tension of the dangerous journey... all written well, in Harrison's usual easy-to-digest manner.
This book deserves to be much better known. It may not be considered one of the great masterworks of sci-fi, but it's definitely engaging and absorbing.
Jan, one of the few who has enough technical know-how to keep the machines running, has to cajole them into doing things "differently" to save the crop and their lives and in doing so, he drags them out of their rut and makes powerful enemies of the family heads. It could cost him his life.
It's an "epic journey" story filled with problems and drama. Worth a read.
It's been over twelve years and it's time for the migration, however, the spaceships which come every season change before they must move haven't come, forcing them to take thier crops with them and make the perilous journey through the planets' summer zone with tempratures over two hundred degrees, and other dangers associated with the trip in the form of the road connecting the polar continents which is starting to wear down after several hundred years.
This book contains little of the plot of the previous book, and could be read independantly, however the third book in the trillogy does play back into the first book.
An exciting novel, containing politics of the small planetary population and revoloution.
Branded a rebel and traitor, Jan Kulozik was exiled by Earth's oppressive masters to serve as engineer to the agricultural colony world of Halvmork. Here, on this harsh, unforgiving planet turning slowly from endless day to endless night, Jan found tens of thousands of people working as virtual slaves to feed earth's millions, under the brutal rule of powerful families.
Then the lifeline to Earth was cut, and Halvmork was plunged into chaos. Jan Kulozik rallied the people for their own survival, setting out on a perilous trek beset by treachery, sabotage and the fury of nature, to lead the people of Wheelworld to their new destiny.
TO THE STARS
Harry Harrison, author of West of Eden and Make Room, Make Room, is one of science fiction's most popular and widely read authors. To the Stars is his epic saga of mankind's struggle to regain its freedom and reclaim the stars.