Orphans of the Sky

Orphans of the Sky
Publication date:1963.12
Genre:Science fiction novel
Series:Future History
Preceded by:Podkayne of Mars
Followed by:Farnham’s Freehold
Wikipedia page

“Orphans of the Sky” is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, consisting of two parts: “Universe” (“Astounding Science‐Fiction,” May 1941) and its sequel, “Common Sense” (“Astounding Science‐Fiction,” October 1941). The two novellas were first published together in book form in 1963. “Universe” was also published separately in 1951 as a 10¢ Dell paperback. These works contain one of the earliest fictional depictions of a “generation ship.”

Exposition

Hugh Hoyland must convince a starship civilization that can’t remember or conceive of life outside the ship they inhabit that a universe does exist. With the help of the outcast mutants from the upper decks of the ship, Hugh sets out to expose the truth and thus change their civilization forever…

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