The Reefs of Space

The Reefs of Space by Frederik Pohl (Gateway) and Jack Williamson (The Legion of Space) is an excellent example of good science fiction, with the science speculation, plot, & sympathetic characters all inter-related. The first two thirds follows Ryland, a “Risk” with an explosive collar around his neck, through his future dystopian society as he tries to remember how he came to such a low status, develop a reactionless space drive for the government to win his release, and survive imprisonment in a morbid “body bank.”  Along the way he learns about a “spaceling,” an alien animal which can travel through space without a ship or suit, carrying it’s own air; the final third of the novel takes Ryland into space.  Very imaginative and original with a complex but tightly woven plot.



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