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[Read by Graham Halstead]
Lost in Space -- Hugh had been taught that, according to the ancient sacred writings, the Ship was on a voyage to faraway Centaurus. But he also understood this was just allegory for a voyage to spiritual perfection. Indeed, how could the Ship move, since its miles and miles of metal corridors were all there was of creation? Science knew that the Ship was all the universe, and as long as the sacred Converter was fed, the lights would continue to glow, the air would flow, and the Creator's Plan would be fulfilled.
Of course, there were the muties, grotesquely deformed parodies of humans, who lurked in the upper reaches of the Ship, where gravity was weaker. Were they evil incarnate, or merely a divine check on the population, keeping humanity from expanding past the capacity of the Ship to support?
Then Hugh was captured by the muties and met their leader (or leaders) -- Joe-Jim, with two heads on one body -- and learned the true nature of the Ship and its mission between the stars. But could he make his people believe him before it was too late? Could he make them believe that he must be allowed to fly the Ship?
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Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) took a variety of jobs before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. He became the dominant science fiction writer of the modern era, a writer whose influence on the field was immense. He won science fiction's Hugo Award for best novel seven times, and several of his books were New York Times bestsellers. In 1975 he received the first Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement.From Library Journal:
Heinlein's 1951 novel offers a ship drifting through the currents of space as a microcosm of society, complete with class struggles, politics (including war between inhabitants of different decks), and love and family. Protagonist Hugh Hoyland fights to understand it all and to bring unity to the crew. Stealth titles are available directly at www.stealthpress.com.
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Book Description Mayflower Dell, London, 1965. Paperback. Condition: Very Good-. Reprint; First Printing. Light reading creases, some cover scuffing, spine extremities rubbed with associated small splits, paper starting to tone. ; First UK paperback edition of this Heinlein classic. Nice tight flat copy, no names or marks inside. ; 111 pages; For generations the giant spaceship had been lost between the stars, the only world of the people that lived aboard. A strange civlisation of its own had developed, with its own savage religion and customs. Mass Market PB. Seller Inventory # 13909
Book Description Mayflower, 1969. Taschenbuch. Condition: Very Good. --- 504 Gramm. Seller Inventory # 3690
Book Description London: Mayflower Paperback 1969 Second Mayflower Paperback Printing ISBN 0-583-11508-X, 1969. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. VG+ Light edgewear, light creasing to tip of lower front corner and top rear corner, otherwise an attractive copy, very clean throughout. Seller Inventory # 19477