Ultimately, it ended up in the magazine proper. Bookseller: , United Kingdom London: Hamlyn. As it happens, I had just met him for the first time in person at the con, and it seemed fated that I buy the book. The whole setup seems a bit implausible to me, well, actually a lot implausible, but it works as a framework for the story it tells. This is most apparent in the book's final section, in which the four begin to crack under the strain of their enforced cohabitation. In Seed, forced emigration has gone on for a generation. In The Seed of Earth, four men sit in a dark cave on a cold planet in a distant galaxy and ponder the chance that had sent them there.
Synopsis: Back of book: The leaders of Earth intend to spread Mankind throughout the universe, until every habitable planet boasts a human civilization. But sacrifice and brave resolve are not enough to save them in their struggle to survive on a hostile new planet. But no one had prepared them for the vicious attacks of sinister aliens. Secrets that go back to an apocalyptic battle fought between ancient races at the dawn of galactic civilisation. The central conceit is that comfortable Earth has a hard time attracting people to colonize new planets, so a Colonization lottery has been set up, to which all healthy people between 19 and 40 are subject. Bookseller: , Bulgaria Hamlyn, Feltham, 1978. After the four escape, the women determine that they were with the wrong men and change partners.
Four humans, alone in a cave, waiting for the outburst that would hurl them at each others' throats, feeling the alien eyes observing their every action, and knowing that whatever they did would determine the future of their entire colony. Pages intact and unmarred by notes or highlighting. The computer has chosen them - a small cross-section of humanity to serve Mankind's Destiny. Pages intact and unmarred by notes or highlighting. The computer had chosen them as involuntary colonists to an unknown planet. Surely there would be 2,190,000 immigrant candidates out of billions every year.
A mysterious man is behind all this, and Quellen tries to deal with him but is foiled by his own paranoia, his scheming subordinates, and his personal shortcomings. Futuristic novel about four Earthmen who are selected by computer to be colonists on a far planet and become imprisoned by alien raiders. The Draftees for the planet Osiris are a typical colony group: fifty men and fifty women with little in common, except their courage and determination to make the best of a situation they cannot change. It was all very light-hearted, just a rollicking tale. The goal: to ensure that the human race can be spread as widely as possible. They were to be pioneers of a virgin world.
Bob's agent was able to get Ace to buck up with the extra money for the second book -- to be sure, I suspect the sales numbers were wholly fictional anyway, and the book probably sold 150,000 or something! The book is a tad on the short side, even in this expanded version, and could easily have served as the basis for an entire series, or at least a sequel. Please refer to accompanying picture s. All overseas shipping is via Airmail. Then they and the other 96 colonists make the journey, and upon arrival, quickly set up their colony and go through the wife-choosing process no explanation of how gay people would react is offered. Later on at the pre-Hugo reception, in fact I somewhat bumtiously approached Bob and asked him to sign the book s , if that wasn't too gauche. Small crease of bottom edge of front cover. Does it make sense to invest just one hundred strangers in a colony rather than shipping more than one load to a promising destination? It's the pulpiest and weakest of the stories included here.
They were to be pioneers of a virgin world. But Mankind's Destiny had not prepared them for the onslaught of the vicious aliens. The first few chapters detail the reactions of each of these characters to the selection, and to their short preparation time for the trip. It probably was rather gauche, but he kindly signed them anyway, and told me an interesting story about them. The Seed of Earth is a novel by American writer , originally published in in June 1962, and expanded as an in 1962. Light edge and corner wear with an uncreased spine; previous owner's name inside. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact.
Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. It's a cynical story, well enough constructed, but, again, not really convincing. Blurb In a dark cave, on a cold planet, in a distant galaxy, four Earthmen sat and pondered the chance that had sent them there. In this story, two newlywed colonist couples are abducted from their settlement by voyeuristic aliens who lock them in a cave and watch the emotional drama ensue. Out of seven billion people on Earth mechanical chance had selected them as involuntary colonists on an unknown planet. From 1940 until January '73, males here in the U.
There are also, noticeably, likewise huge robots. And strange mutants with mind powers. Harkins soon is thrust into rivalry with the brutish leader of the colony, and the rest of the story is about his attempt at escape, and then his decision to take matters into his own hands. User Rating: This title has no votes. Four humans, alone in a cave, waiting for the outburst that would hurl them at each others' throats, feeling the alien eyes observing their every action, and knowing that whatever they did would determine the future of their entire colony. The male colonists get to choose whom they want to marry from among the female colonists, and while the women have the right of refusal for the first few rounds, all of them must end up with someone, ultimately.
He is capture by a huge, somewhat gentle, creature who takes him to a crude colony of humans. But no one had prepared them for the vicious attacks of sinister aliens. It was largely a series of vignettes about colonization, with one of the characters being an agent for a colony who uses his position to keep a mistress. First British Edition; First Printing. As volunteers had been scarce, a system of conscription has arisen, in which computers select citizens, ages 19 — 40, at random, to serve as planetary pioneers.