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Search the Sky

by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth

Cover artist: Richard Powers

Publisher: Ballantine

Pub year: 1954

Cover price: 35¢


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Cover tagline

A novel of a one-man voyage that began hundreds of light-years away.

Back cover text

Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth are the authors of The Space Merchants which The New York Times called "a novel of the future that the present must inevitably rank as classic." Now their subject is the fate of the colonists who went out from Earth to settle the far planets beyond our universe. Space-ships have been unable to evoke radar responses from these planets, and in a novel as well-written as it is ingenious, one man starts out from Halsey's Planet to find the answer.

If there is one.

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Interior text

Ross wanted off.

He had been born and had spent his life on Halsey's Planet, far beyond our universe. But something was wrong with the society there, something he couldn't quite name — a feeling of breakdown and detrition. Then one of the rare space-ships came through from the Earth, after a journey of several hundred years. When the descendents of the original crew stepped out and told their story, the spark was provided and Ross was off on a mission.

Other planets in these outer reaches — also peopled by colonists from Earth — had failed to respond to the space-ship's signals. Maybe the breakdown on Halsey had already affected them. Ross was given the chance to find out.

It was an odd mission. He didn't even know what he was looking for. But he had to go.

By the authors of The Space Merchants, which the Washington Times Herald called "brilliant future satire."