Four "pieces" written between 1955 and 1962
“They Shall Have Stars” (1957) is the pre-quel: as space exploration has come to a halt in the absence of new technologies and because of lack of political interest, a rich senator decides to fuel weird and/or neglected scientific theories; the chapters about the building of a bridge on Jupiter (!) are thrilling; the overall is tasty, with well sketched characters.
“A Life for the Stars ” (1962, the last written!): no rockets or starships for leaving Earth, naaaa, whole cities leave the [agonizing?] Mother Planet toward a very uncertain future. Epic.
"Earthman Come Home" (1955, the first written): long and, frankly, boring; it consists of a serie of adventures of the inhabitants of one of this Flying Cities (NY, really weird!); too much, too fast, too blurry and superficial; the characters are all supermen ad wonderwomen, they know what to do, always... Yawn...
"A Clash of Cymbals" (or "The Triumph of Time"; 1959): a very-very ambitious epilogue; the adventures of the superheroes proceed toward... The End of Time! Better than the previous, but still exhagerated and, in addition, packed with maths and physics (bullshits? I cannot give my opiion)
After all, 3 stars, no more...Continua