Home from the Shore by Gordon R. Dickson PDF Download

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Home from the Shore book Summary

An expansion of a 1962 story , Home from the Shore was published by Ace in 1978 in an elaborate (by mass-market paperback standards) edition illustrated by James Odbert, about which Dickson made much. The illustrations, sayeth Dickson, constitute "something not merely entirely new in publishing but in artistic concept... The result's something quite a book. it's a mechanism for the imagination."

Well, whatever. Basically, for all of Dickson's boasting about the innovative way during which art and story are here commingled, it all looks to me like what it is: a book with pictures, and one that might not necessarily are any less enjoyable had the illustrations — many of which are mediocre — been omitted. Losing the illustrations would have had one dramatic result, however: the book would are too short to publish as a completely unique . For really, Home from the Shore may be a novella, easily read in about two hours' time, less if you're quick.

The tale itself is compelling and sometimes richly realized. Johnny Joya may be a cadet in training at an area academy in an unspecified future America. He also belongs to a race of humans who, several generations before, chose to measure within the oceans in their "sea-homes," free from the strictures of land-based socio-politics, and at one with nature. Strong bigotry against them on the a part of "landers" doesn't stop Johnny and a number of other like-minded peers to aim to suit in to, and gain acceptance from, land-based society (which, after all, are people like themselves) by joining the space academy. A principal goal of this academy, a minimum of as depicted within the novel, is to send missions out into space just beyond Mars to interact within the futile capture of space "bats," diaphonous living creatures which float through the vacuum and which — the academy believes — will help humanity learn the secrets of interstellar travel if only they didn't up and die whenever they were captured.

Joya and a number of other of his sea-comrades are on one among these sorties when the self-inflicted death of 1 of the bats causes all of them severe distress, a results of the sea-peoples' greater attenuation to living things (something Dickson doesn't explain also as he should). This causes without stopping of trouble for the sea-people at the Academy, where they're already treated with fierce bigotry, and after one among Johnny's friends is beaten badly, and it becomes clear the academy goes to try to to nothing about it, Johnny decides that to aim to measure among the landlubbers is an act of abject futility, and he and his people go mass AWOL.

Their desertion triggers a greater conflict then even Johnny could have imagined, and he's forced to confront crises within himself and his community.

Dickson's scenario is absorbing, and despite the story's brevity, or even due to it, Johnny and his many friends and family are richly realized characters with whom the reader immediately sympathizes. Dickson grippingly and sometimes chillingly depicts the strain between the sea-people and therefore the "landers." Timeless themes of prejudice and bullying make the book palpably contemporary even decades after it had been originally written. (The more things stay an equivalent , eh?) i used to be wishing for a more detailed history of the sea-people, just because they're so intriguing, but this oversight on Dickson's part isn't too great a liability. (Dickson does mention in his introduction that their culture is rooted therein of the Polynesian islanders'.) Neither is that the predictable "surprise" that pops up at one crucial moment. The story also carries an implicit message about humanity's destruction of the ocean and its resources. it's extremely subtly — even subliminally — woven in, and therefore the tale is stronger for that subtlety. Ultimately you click from this Shore with a true sense of satisfaction, wanting to dive in to the sequel, The Space Swimmers.
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