Blish, James: 

Cities in Flight:

Perhaps Blish's most famous works were the "Okies" stories, known collectively as Cities in Flight, published in the science-fiction digest magazine Astounding Science Fiction. The framework for these was set in the first of four novels, They Shall Have Stars (first UK publication under the alternative title of Year 2018!), A Life For The Stars,  Earthman, Come Home and the final installment, The Triumph of Time (UK title: A Clash of Cymbals). These are the Faber second prints.



A Case of Conscience:

First published in 1958. It is the story of a Jesuit who investigates an alien race that has no religion yet has a perfect, innate sense of morality, a situation which conflicts with Catholic teaching. The story was originally published as a novella in 1953, and later extended to novel-length, of which the first part is the original novella. The novel is the first part of Blish's thematic "After Such Knowledge" series, followed by Doctor Mirabilis, Black Easter, and The Day After Judgment

The story is unusual in several respects. Few science fiction stories of the time attempted religious themes, and still fewer did this with Catholicism. 

Father Ruiz-Sanchez was a dedicated man — a priest who was also a scientist, and a scientist who was also a human being. He found no insoluble conflicts in his beliefs or in his ethics until he was sent to Lithia.

There he came upon a race of aliens — reptilian in form — who were admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason; they were incapable of faith and belief. On Lithia, Father Ruiz-Sanchez also found a scientific riddle, and he was presented with an ethical problem that reached across two worlds.

Father Ruiz-Sanchez was then torn in a struggle between the teachings of his faith, the teachings of his science, and the inner promptings of his humanity. There was only one solution. He had to accept an ancient and unforgivable heresy — and, in accepting that heresy, he risked the futures of both worlds.

Below is the new edition of 'A Case of Conscience’ from Centipede Press with an introduction by Greg Bear, new cover artwork by Pascal Casolari, new interior art by Allen Koszowski, and archival artwork by Darrell K. Sweet. The signed edition is limited to 300 copies. Each book is signed by Greg Bear and Allen Koszowski, with an Estate-approved facsimile signature by James Blish. 



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