The Ragged Astronauts (2020)

The Ragged Astronauts Bob Shaw The Ragged Astronauts Land and Overland twin worlds a few thousand miles apart On Land humanity faces a threat to its very survival an airborne species the ptertha has declared war on humankind and is actively hunting
  • Title: The Ragged Astronauts
  • Author: Bob Shaw
  • ISBN: 9780671654054
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
The Ragged Astronauts Bob Shaw Land and Overland twin worlds a few thousand miles apart On Land, humanity faces a threat to its very survival an airborne species, the ptertha, has declared war on humankind, and is actively hunting for victims The only hope lies in migration Through space to Overland By balloon The Ragged Astronauts first volume in an epic adventure filled with memorable charaLand and Overland twin worlds a few thousand miles apart On Land, humanity faces a threat to its very survival an airborne species, the ptertha, has declared war on humankind, and is actively hunting for victims The only hope lies in migration Through space to Overland By balloon The Ragged Astronauts first volume in an epic adventure filled with memorable characters, intense action, engaging notions, exotic locales.
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  1. Megan Baxter

    The Ragged Astronauts was nominated for a Hugo a while ago, but I don t believe it won I m not entirely sure why it was nominated I enjoyed it, but I don t feel that it achieves the heights that would warrant a nomination.It s solid, entertaining science fiction, with a bit of a hidden until the end environmentalist message It is also, oddly, the second book I ve read recently that revolves around twin planets Anarres and Urras in The Dispossessed, Land and Overland in this one Land and Overland [...]

  2. Kim

    I m really of two minds about this storyTo begin with the positive aspects, the setting of the story is wonderful As always, Bob Shaw excels at creating vivid and unique ideas from the slowglass of Other Days, Other Eyes to the floating plantations of Shadow of Heaven This time, Shaw brings us a world with no metals, where society has had to evolve around its use of wood and crystals Although simple, this concepts allows for the creation of a fantastically memorable planet that seems both advanc [...]

  3. Derek

    Of all its merits and there are many , what intrigues the most is the characterization of Prince Leddravohr His vendetta against the entire Maraquine family, established as the result of a minor altercation, is as vicious as it is irrational While the portrayal of an antagonist as a vicious monster is nothing new, and neither is showing him as a capable if brutal leader laboring against a national crisis, there is something otherworldly about his inexplicably poisonous nature The reader is given [...]

  4. Bill

    Here we have two planets close enough to share the same atmosphere The population of one planet becomes victim to a deadly virus and they must leave or die Civilization is at a medieval level and they decide to migrate to the planet above them using hot air balloons Sounds great You bet.The science fiction world lost a major talent when Bob died of cancer in 1996 and sadly his books seem to all be out of print Please read this guy and tell your friends.

  5. Nicholas Whyte

    nwhytevejournal 2671780mlThis is one of Shaw s best known books, second only to Orbitsville I don t think it has aged particularly well Shaw s protagonist, Toller Maraquine, is chief engineer of a culture under pressure from its human ish neighbours on the planet of Land and also facing extinction at the hands of the non human Ptertha Toller s rulers therefore order a mass emigration through space to the neighbouring twin planet of Overland, conveniently linked with Land by a common atmosphere I [...]

  6. Jonathan Palfrey

    To deal with the good things first, this book has an original and imaginative scenario that seems plausible and well thought out The descriptive passages are quite well written by sf standards Writers often spoil a book with a poor ending, but here the ending is both conclusive and upbeat.What bothers me are the characterization and the plot, both of which I find unconvincing to the point of being unprofessional I don t really believe in these characters, they re pawns of the author and fail to [...]

  7. Radu Harabula

    Dou planete apropiate, surori Lumea i SupraLumea.Pe Lume avem caste, seniori, prin i, regi, imperiu, dar f r dragoni, f r vr jitori, f r GoT O societate ierarhica, bazata pe ascenden i pe caste casta militarilor, casta filozofilor care se ocupau i de tiin a, inclusiv de ecologie, etc Avem aerostate i telescoape dar i lupte cu s bii i tunuri Avem ecologie, biologie i astronomie dar i un masacru condus de un print al unei popula ii b tina e.Au probleme cu conservarea mediului vs epuizarea resursel [...]

  8. Stephen

    A solid, above average story, which is a pleasant surprise given how Shaw s Orbitsville left a bad taste in my mouth Here the sfnal concepts are interesting and central to the plot, although one detail stuck out at me as extraneous the value of a certain mathematical constant as proof that this isn t our own cosmos.Character wise, there actually were some this time, and while the main female lead actually had some potential, her motivation ends up deflating all of it back to cookie cutter stereo [...]

  9. Jean-Pierre Vidrine

    Incredibly imaginative Not only is the world Shaw has created here fascinating, but it is populated by some very intriguing characters in a story that was truly hard to put down Amendment Clearing out space on my bookshelves lately, I came across this title again and I paused Though I enjoyed the concepts and the story as I stated above, I couldn t help but reflect on the treatment of women in the book The subjugation of women is casually legitimized Plus, there is the tired trope of the inevita [...]

  10. Chrissey Harrison

    Excellent classic sci fi Shaw explores a whole range of what if ideas in this trilogy Land and Overland, closely bound binary planets tidally locked in orbit around their common centre, share a thin bridge of atmosphere Such a scenario encourages the exploration of space in a way that our lone planet never could Far from having to break the pull of gravity with huge power, the daring astronauts of Shaw s universe ride a gentle gravitational curve up to the weightless zone where the pull of both [...]

  11. Carmine Apra'

    Very nice story A complex plot and evolving characters Plus, this is the first volume in a trilogy, and I like long stories.

  12. Pickle

    a sci fi fantasy steampunk book for adults with aliens, travel to alien planets, genocide, rape, murder and it was a cracking read It made a welcome change for a steampunk book not to be set in victorian london with all the trappings i now need to locate the follow ups.

  13. Heather

    Very creative.But why are so many SF authors so madly in love with European style feudalism Yeah, Dune, Barrayar, I m talking to you.

  14. Victoria Gaile

    It was the portrayal of space travel between two worlds close enough that their atmospheres almost touched that made this book memorable for me very fun exploration of the tech level necessary.

  15. Thomas

    This was steampunk before there was steampunk But beyond the bizarre premise, this book does not have much to offer.

  16. Timothy Boyd

    A nice interesting fantasy story with some SiFi aspects How does a non tech society do space travel to it s moon Recommended

  17. Ryan McArthur

    I loved this book, its so awesome, going between planets in balloons, and effectivly skydiving for days on end, its awesome.

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