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Sci fi that reminds me of the many space stories that fueled my childhood [[ PDF ]] ↡ Starchild Trilogy ✗ An interstellar trilogy complete in one volume Earth in the near future is governed by the Plan of Man a complex set of laws enforced by a worldwide computerized security network, necessary for the survival of humankind Or, so the authorities say But one man knows better The Starchild Trilogy is a collection of three novels by Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson The Reefs of Space, Starchild, and Rogue Star The books share the exploration of similar ideas about the struggle between man and government, religion, higher intelligence, etc and a common timeline Starchild picks up far enough after The Reefs of Space that the events of the previous book are important, but not necessary to the understanding of the second book The gap between Starchild and Rogue Star The Starchild Trilogy is a collection of three novels by Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson The Reefs of Space, Starchild, and Rogue Star The books share the exploration of similar ideas about the struggle between man and government, religion, higher intelligence, etc and a common timeline Starchild picks up far enough after The Reefs of Space that the events of the previous book are important, but not necessary to the understanding of the second book The gap between Starchild and Rogue Star is similar In both cases, some of the events of the previous books are retold, but in a manner that makes it obvious in this format that the new book s characters understand the previous events in a historical context, sometimes twisted according to the current society s views Some of the characters may be related to previous characters, but most would never be able to live long enough to be in multiple books in this series.The storytelling has some obvious influence from Frederik Pohl, but it s different enough from books he wrote alone that there is apparently some significant influence from Jack Williamson as well though without having read any other books by Williamson, I can t really go into detail Each of the books has one or two characters with some depth, but most of the detail is in the environment, rather than the characters There s a weird mix of what was probably cutting edge science in the 1960s and 70s and psychedelia especially in the Reefs of Space and Starchild.If I had to characterize the main theme of each book, I d say that Reefs of Space is an attack on the systems of government in mid 20th century communist states like the USSR and China especially as portrayed in the west Starchild is an attack on organized religion and religious states especially like those which grew up around the USSR and China in part fueled by religious exiles and Rogue Star is an attack on cults especially the types of religious and communist cults which sprung up in the west in the 60s and 70s Of the three, Rogue Star is probably the best at hiding the underlying theme, but also seemed like it did the worst job of giving the story any depth at all.Overall, this is an interesting read about a galactic dystopia with plenty of imaginative features, very much like many sci fi movies and television shows from the 60s through the mid 80s It very rarely feels like something which might have been written recently, but that s not necessarily a negative point, either I try really hard not to make references from this book, because so few people will get them I read this about the same time I read the LotR set, which seems to have effected other people in the way Starchild effected me. No likable characters Character actions don t drive the story, they are powerless The scifi is so fantastic that it goes straight to fantasy ghosts, teleportation by mystical beings, space creatures that happen to create air pockets and food humans can eat return return An amazing feel for the cold war view of communism return return The fantastical elements remind me of nothing so much as Doctor Dolittle on the Moon which is jarring against the totalitarian society portrayed retur No likable characters Character actions don t drive the story, they are powerless The scifi is so fantastic that it goes straight to fantasy ghosts, teleportation by mystical beings, space creatures that happen to create air pockets and food humans can eat return return An amazing feel for the cold war view of communism return return The fantastical elements remind me of nothing so much as Doctor Dolittle on the Moon which is jarring against the totalitarian society portrayed return return Wasn t interested enough to finish it I read the first book of the three in the collection, and the first 50 pages or so of the second even though it s such a weird product of its time Another omnibus which is worth taking as a whole Weirdly this collection is three separate books which are in no way connected except by setting This makes the second book rather confusing To make matters even stranger the books are arranged in reverse chronological order The stories are solid, the science interesting universal steady state and the plot clever Enjoyable enough but not among the greats. Fairly good sci fi trilogy and I wasn t expecting much since I had never read any book by either author Book 1 The Reefs of Space and 2 Starchild were pretty solid and I especially loved the first chapter of book 2 with the Starchild threatening mankind However, book 3 Rouge Star wasn t as good Felt like it was written by different authors and I d say it had that 1970s Ace sci fi quality to it Still, pretty great read overall. The Vocabulary of the 1960 s was interesting.The third part of the Trilogy was expanded in a book published years later.OK read Average but readable In order I rate the stories 3, 4 and 2 stars.