Literature

Marsbound by Joe Haldeman (Italian edition)

The novel “Marsbound” by Joe Haldeman was published for the first time in 2008. Carmen Dula is an eighteen year old girl who emigrates to Mars with her parents and her younger brother facing a long and uncomfortable journey to arrive on the red planet.

Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein (Italian edition)

The novel “Podkayne of Mars” by Robert A. Heinlein was published for the first time between November 1962 and March 1963 in the magazine “Worlds of If” (also known simply as “If”) and as a book in 1963.

The Humanoids by Jack Williamson (Italian edition)

The novel “The Humanoids” by Jack Williamson has been published for the first time in 1948-1949 in the magazine “Astounding”. This novel is set thousands of years into the future, when many planets have been colonized by humans. On one of the many inhabited worlds a scientist discovers the secrets of rhodomagnetics and, frightened by the terrible energies that can be released, he tries to use it for peaceful purposes. After years of work he builds the perfect androids whose primary directive is “to serve and obey and guard men from harm”, the Humanoids.

Hellstrom's Hive by Frank Herbert (Italian edition)

The novel “Hellstrom’s Hive” by Frank Herbert was published for the first time in 1973. The author is inspired explicitly to “The Hellstrom Chronicle”, a film shot as a documentary in which a scientist named Nils Hellstrom explains a theory that the insects will eventually become the rulers of Earth thanks to their adaptability and their ability to reproduce rapidly. In his novel Frank Herbert starts with the idea of the film but creating a human hive exploring some of his favorite topics: the evolution of humanity and the relationship between biology – both in terms of the influence of instincts over human behavior and the influence of chemicals on humans – and society.

James Benjamin Blish was born on May 23, 1921 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. In 1968 he moved to Oxford, England, where he worked until his death in 1975 from lung cancer. He’s famous for writing the Cities in Flight saga, the novel “A Case of Conscience” and many other space travel and colonization stories. He also wrote many Star Trek novels and anthologies.