Orphans of the Sky

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Lost in Space

Hugh had been taught that, according to the ancient sacred writings, the Ship was on a voyage to faraway Centaurus. But he also understood this was just allegory for a voyage to spiritual perfection. Indeed, how could the Ship move, since its miles and miles of metal corridors were all there was of creation? Science knew that the Ship was all the universe, and as long as the sacred Converter was fed, the lights would continue to glow, the air would flow, and the Creator’s Plan would be fulfilled.

Of course, there were the muties, grotesquely deformed parodies of humans, who lurked in the upper reaches of the Ship, where gravity was weaker. Were they evil incarnate, or merely a divine check on the population, keeping humanity from expanding past the capacity of the Ship to support?

Then Hugh was captured by the muties and met their leader (or leaders)—Joe-Jim, with two heads on one body—and learned the true nature of the Ship and its mission between the stars. But could he make his people believe him before it was too late? Could he make them believe that he must be allowed to fly the Ship?

Critics Review

  • “Not only America’s premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world.”

    Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein.”

    Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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