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A handful of men and women struggle desperately to avert the coming holocaust, but they seem doomed to failure. And even if they succeed, Earth will never be the same again. James Blish studied microbiology at Rutgers and then served as a medical laboratory technician in the US army during the Second World War. Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube.

A Torrent of Faces In the year , the greatest civilisation in Earth's history, ravaged by over-population and lack of food, faces almost certain destruction. Buy now! Find your closest one. Buy from your local bookstore. Knight Availability: 0 Pub date: Blish collaborated with Norman L.

Knight on a series of stories set in a world with a population a thousand times that of today, and followed the efforts of those keeping the system running, collected in one volume as A Torrent of Faces. Included in this collection is Blish's Nebula-nominated novella 'The Shipwrecked Hotel'—a story about a semi-submerged hotel with approxim Blish collaborated with Norman L.

Included in this collection is Blish's Nebula-nominated novella 'The Shipwrecked Hotel'—a story about a semi-submerged hotel with approximately a million guests which experiences a massive computer failure a result of escaped silverfish and begins to sink. Running parallel to all the side-plots is the inevitable catastrophe of the mile-wide asteroid 'Flavia' striking near the east coast of the USA. The stories are also notable for including a form of pantropy that has been used to modify humans into a sea-dwelling form known as 'Tritons'.

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  8. My Arrow edition has an amazing Chris Foss cover. The setting is an overcrowded Earth years hence with a world population of one trillion, run by a corporate fascist state. Despite these drawbacks, the novel makes an enjoyable read in a distinctly s way. This doesn't read much like a Blish novel, though I found it pleasingly detailed. Earth holds a population of one trillion, all of whom live in vast arcologies, ruled by a series of state-owned corporations a sort of benevolent economic fascism.

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    The plot is a series of linked disasters, which are more like an exploration of the world than they are a coherent story per se. The level of detail is good, but let down by out-dated and badly thought-out technology and a tendency for characters This doesn't read much like a Blish novel, though I found it pleasingly detailed. The level of detail is good, but let down by out-dated and badly thought-out technology and a tendency for characters to lecture one another. Better than I expected, but no classic.

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    In the 28th century, Earth has 1 trillion people and is being threatened by a series of disasters. Mar 10, John rated it really liked it. Co-author Norman L. Grade B.

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    Shelves: sf. A decent dystopian science fiction "novel" co-authored with Norman L. The operant theme is overpopulation. Terry rated it liked it Jan 06, Garry rated it really liked it Dec 25, Suzanne rated it liked it May 18, Mikael rated it really liked it Aug 16, Steve Dewey rated it liked it Apr 04, George Sampson rated it liked it Aug 22, Ted Greiner rated it really liked it Jan 28, John Kenny rated it it was ok Dec 21, Joseph rated it it was amazing Jul 16, David H.