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The Last Starship from Earth

The Last Starship from Earth

(1968)
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"A fascinating novel."
Arthur C Clarke


"Terrific...it belongs on the same shelf with 1984 and Brave New World."
Robert Heinlein


The Last Starship From Earth is a dystopian novel set in 1968 and 1969, but not the 1968 and 1969 that I remember, or lived through. In the world of this story, Jesus did not die on the cross, but was killed leading an assault on Rome. He was the Messiah that people expected. The government of John Boyd's world is a global government run by Christians along "scientific" lines, where psychologists and sociologists in conjunction with the Church and an AI Pope rule the world. People marry and mate because of their genes, sort of like the film Gattaca, and the hero of our story is Haldane IV, M-5, 138270, 3/10/46, a math student of great promise, being the fourth in line of great mathematicians. Unfortunately Haldane gets the hots for Helix, a mere poet. By law and social custom Haldane is expected to have nothing to do with her, but as you'd expect he falls in love with her.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 1969 : UK Hardback
Title: Last Starship from Earth
Author(s): John Boyd
ISBN: 0575002565 / 9780575002562 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 1978 : UK Paperback
Title: Last Starship from Earth, The
Author(s): John Boyd
ISBN: 0140048758 / 9780140048759 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 1972 : USA Paperback
Title: Last Starship F Earth
Author(s): John Boyd
ISBN: 0425022145 / 9780425022146 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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June 1972 : UK Paperback
Title: Last Starship from Earth
Author(s): John Boyd
ISBN: 0330231766 / 9780330231763 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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