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A Case of Conscience (After Such Knowledge, #4) This review contains spoilers for several of James Blish s novelsI discovered James Blish when I was about 10 I believe the first one I read was The Star Dwellers , and I have returned to him many times throughout my life I don t think I know any author who is quite as frustrating an example of Kilgore Trout syndrome Wonderful ideas, but in most cases terrible execution for every novel or short story that succeeds, at least three are left butchered and bleeding by the side of People don t write speculative fiction like this any, by which I mean several things First, this is dated Blish s world of dinosaur like pacifists living in perfect harmony and communicating with giant trees feels like something out of the golden age of science fiction, and his view of a future earth where the cold war has driven mankind underground and insane feels like a 50s dystopia This is understandable, since the book was written in the 50s, but it calls the applicability of the s People A Case of Conscience A Catholic priest faces aliens with morality but no religionOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureGreat A side, dreadful B side This is James Blish s 1959 Hugo winning SF novel, expanded from the1953 novella Part One the original novella is set on planet Lithia, introducing a race of reptilians with a perfect, strife free society and innate sense of morality However, to the consternation of Father Ramon Ruiz Sanchez, they have no religion of any kind Their morality i A Case of Conscience A Catholic priest faces aliens with morality but no religionOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureGreat A side, dreadful B side This 4.5 stars I am a big fan of James Blish This book is an expansion of the earlier novella of the same name Part 1 of the book i.e., the original novella is a 6.0 star story and is extremely powerful Part 2, while good, is not as exceptional and brings the overall rating for the book down to 4.5 stars Overall, still a highly recommended read Reread on March 1, 2010 Winner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1959 Nominee British Science Fiction Award Retro for Best Novel 195 4.5 stars I am a big fan of James Blish This book is an expansion of the earlier novella of the same name P 1959 Hugo winner Honestly, I expected to read something quite a bit different than the novel I did get I almost expected something like a conversation novel between heavily logical Spock like lizards and a man of the cloth from Earth.What do I get, instead A novel with startlingly awesome biology standards, very deep world building, and a wonderfully surprising argument of Manichaeism For those not in the know, it s the idea that there are two creators in the world, one is good and one is ev 1959 Hugo winner Honestly, I expected to read something quite a bit different than the novel I did get I almost expected something like a conversation novel between heavily logical Spock like lizards and a man of the cloth from Earth.What do I get, instead A novel with startlingly awesome biology standards, A great thank you to James Blish and Open Road for the opportunity to read this book and offer an unbiased review.In the distant future a science team explores the planet Lithia The team includes the Jesuit priest, Ruiz Sanchez They must determine whether the planet is appropriate for Earth s habitation The team is divided No member is as decisive in his judgement as Ruiz Sanchez, however The planet seems just too good to be true.Once back on Earth with prime samples, investigation continue A great thank you to James Blish and Open Road for the opportunity to read this book and offer an unbiased review.In the distant future a science team explores the planet Lithia The team includes the Jesuit priest, Ruiz Sanchez They must determine whether the planet is appropriate for Earth s habitation The team is divided No member is as decisive in his judgement as Ruiz Sanchez, however The planet seems just too good to be true.Once back on Earth with prime samples, investigation continues To celebrate one exceptional specimen, a countess throws a party I couldn t help but sing, there s no ea Father Ruiz Sanchez Is A Dedicated Man A Priest Who Is Also A Scientist, And A Scientist Who Is Also A Human Being He Has Found No Insoluble Conflicts In His Beliefs Or His Ethics Until He Is Sent To Lithia There He Comes Upon A Race Of Aliens Who Are Admirable In Every Way Except For Their Total Reliance On Cold Reason They Are Incapable Of Faith Or Belief.Confronted With A Profound Scientific Riddle And Ethical Quandary, Father Ruiz Sanchez Soon Finds Himself Torn Between The Teachings Of His Faith, The Teachings Of His Science, And The Inner Promptings Of His Humanity There Is Only One Solution He Must Accept An Ancient And Unforgivable Heresy And Risk The Futures Of Both Worlds. This is another of the the books on the classic sci fi list that I ve been meaning to read This was written in 1958 and placed in 2050 It concerns a first encounter by man with a sentient species on another planet A 4 member team is sent to Lithia for the purpose of making a recommendation on whether to admit the planet to the League of Nations The first part of the book concerns these men and the debate that leads to their splintered decision One member of the team is a Jesuit priest b This is another o i am really surprised that this book won the hugo award i m a really big fan of some of blish s other books, especially cities in flight this book however, after a very promising start, fizzles out completely.the first third of the book, set on the planet of lithia, 58 light years from earth, is sf writing almost at it s finest the 4 main characters from earth are introduced and the description of the planet and it s alien inhabitan A Case of Conscience focuses on a UN expedition to the planet Lithia, where the opinions of the expedition s four scientists will determine the fate of the planet and its inhabitants For the physicist, chemist, and geologist, the questions posed by the planet are purely rational should it be exploited for its natural resources namely its lithium, key component to nuclear weapons or should its peaceful natives be quarantined For Father Ruiz, biologist and Jesuit priest, the question of Lithi A Case of Conscience focuses on a UN expedition to the planet Lithia, where the opinions of the expedition s four scientists will determine the fate of the planet and its inhabitants For the physicist, chemist, and geologist, the questions posed by the planet are purely rational should it be exploited for its natural resources namely its lithium, key component to nuclear weapons or should its peaceful natives be quarantined For Father Ruiz, biologist and Jesuit priest, the question of Lithia is of a theological nature Lit


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