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The Outward Urge (1959)

de John Wyndham, Lucas Parkes (Pseudonym)

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Sèrie: Troons (1-5)

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The 'outward urge' was a factor in the Troon inheritance. Successive generations of Troons, looking up at the stars, heard the siren voices that called them out into Space. And, as the frontiers of Space receded, there was usually one Troon, if not more, out there, helping to push them back. In an age in which what goes up need not necessarily come down, the likely adventures of the Conquistadors of Space are every bit as exciting as any world menaced by triffids.… (més)
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This book contains five short stories, each of which is more or less self contained yet carries the thread of the space faring Troon dynasty through a period of around 200 years. It starts in a (then to be future) 1994 with the building of a British space station (hoorah!), moves onto a (British) Moon base, then Mars, Venus and finally out to the asteroid belt.

The stories are actually well put together, although they are obviously written from the point of view of someone living in the 1950s when the Space Race was only just about to start and men walking on the moon was still a distant dream. Its also rather amusing to see Britain still being thought of as a Great Power with enough resources (at least at the start of the book) to build a space station and a moon base. History has shown that we just about managed one small satellite launch all by ourselves before giving in and just helping NASA and ESA.

There are some amusing aspects to this retro sci-fi. For example when one Troon is in space helping to construct the British space station, he's stubbing out fags on the metal bulk head. Smoking was such a common thing back in the 1950s I guess nobody would see that as odd, but I bet they don't let them have ciggies on the ISS! ;-) ( )
  jimll | Aug 4, 2014 |
Not yet finished, but have downgraded it from 3 stars (liked it but not excited by it) to two on the basis of the irk occasioned by the use of rubbish rubbish portuguese towards the end of the book. 'Bonos dias' instead of the correct Bom dia indeed! How hard is it to research this stuff? Kuh.

Apart from that, it's a linked set of short stories that are a bit too formulaic to be interesting. The stiff-upper-lip Britishness that Wyndham does so well in Day of the Triffids and so forth feels out of place in the described international effort to conquer space. Give me the society-changing theme of Trouble with Lichen any day. ( )
1 vota comixminx | Apr 4, 2013 |
Not nearly as good as other Wyndham books. It is a rather straightforward space story, the interesting part is it was written years before man landed on the moon. ( )
  daviddonnelly | Aug 31, 2011 |
You can enjoy The Outward Urge on a couple different levels. On the surface, it's a collection of short stories about humanity's exploration of space. Dig a little deeper and a couple sub-themes stand out. These stories cover 200 years of the history of the Troon family to show how the desire to explore can follow a family line. The stories are also thinly veiled rhetoric on how human infighting undermines technical acumen.

On another level altogether, you can read this series of stories that were written over a decade before humans landed on the moon to examine the hopes and dreams of a generation. This was written when our own solar system was still so full of habitable promise.

Some of the short stories are better than others. The first story has a cowboy flair to it, while the last episode deals with the human effects of cryogenic freezing. I picked up this book because I enjoy Wyndam and wanted a light read. I found that, plus a little extra. ( )
1 vota StephenBarkley | Sep 25, 2010 |
Four stories (published in 1959) connect 200 years of a family whose members have a tendency to want to explore space, from a WWII pilot and his grandson, a space station worker in 1994, through a Moon base commander and members of the first mission to Mars and the first successful trip to Venus. Light-weight SF, typical of Wyndham, but quite enjoyable, with some haunting moments involving the loneliness and fear likely in such enterprises. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Dec 9, 2009 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Wyndham, JohnAutorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Parkes, LucasPseudonymautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bacon, C.W.Autor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Farnhill, KennethAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Griffiths, JohnAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lehr, PaulAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lord, PeterAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Willock, HarryAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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The 'outward urge' was a factor in the Troon inheritance. Successive generations of Troons, looking up at the stars, heard the siren voices that called them out into Space. And, as the frontiers of Space receded, there was usually one Troon, if not more, out there, helping to push them back. In an age in which what goes up need not necessarily come down, the likely adventures of the Conquistadors of Space are every bit as exciting as any world menaced by triffids.

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