Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Cities In Flight, Volume II
I will comment further when I have reread Volume II. However, I am currently rereading Vol III, Earthman, Come Home. This volume opens with the Utopia-Gort affair. Because of that affair, New York, needing to evade the Earth police, leaves known space (to use a phrase) and crosses the Rift. When the city has returned from the Rift, the germanium currency has collapsed and that is the beginning of the end of Okie culture. The concluding story in Earthman is an aftermath.
Thus, the Utopia-Gort affair turns out to have been the city's last exploit within Okie civilisation before its collapse. Earthman mentions some previous incidents:
deFord shot on Epoch;
the previous astronomer killed on St Rita's;
Hazleton's bad experience on Thor V.
Nevertheless, it is good to have this extra volume (II) that describes two earlier planetary contacts and gives some account of life in the city.