Monday, 26 August 2013
Having read to the end of "Centaurianess," I do not have much more to say about it. It contains:
the Golden Age sf idea of plants and animals on Ganymede;
yet another description of a first faster than light (FTL) interstellar journey;
the problem, occasionally encountered in sf, of re-locating the Solar System after crossing an interstellar distance;
yet another dictatorship overthrown by the end of a story.
I would guess that the update includes part of the description of the FTL flight:
"The starbow of science fiction song and story pinched out into invisibility; he flew through total blindness." (pp. 203-204)
But, if anyone has Planet Stories March 1952, they might like to comment?
I think that this story would fit better in a collection of stories from that era. It does not really belong with the later, more serious speculations collected in The Gods Laughed. Which, if any, is the superior race in this story?