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By JohnBoyd Boyd Bradfield Upchurch | Comments: ( 195 ) | Date: ( Oct 17, 2019 )

Haldane IV and Helix were a part of an ultra rational society where mathematicians did not write poetry, where mathematicians did not fall in love with poets, and where most specifically, Haldane IV, young mathematician, couldn t possibly marry Helix, the attractive poet of his choice It was in the best interests of the human race, said the State, that mates be selected fHaldane IV and Helix were a part of an ultra rational society where mathematicians did not write poetry, where mathematicians did not fall in love with poets, and where most specifically, Haldane IV, young mathematician, couldn t possibly marry Helix, the attractive poet of his choice It was in the best interests of the human race, said the State, that mates be selected for all professional people according to strict scientific principles.


  • Title: The Last Starship from Earth
  • Author: JohnBoyd Boyd Bradfield Upchurch
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback

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JohnBoyd Boyd Bradfield Upchurch

Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.John Boyd was the primary pen name of Boyd Bradfield Upchurch, an American science fiction author.



Comments The Last Starship from Earth

  • Kay

    I chose to read this book because I was seeking classic science fiction from a time when ideas were more important that character development or even plot development. In this, this book succeeds although it is dated and certainly not forward thinking in many areas. Some ideas are so hurried that it becomes a wild ride by the end where I was left wondering how it even got there. The tale is about a very specialized society where professional fields (and apparently everything else) are highly seg [...]


  • J.L. Dobias

    The Last Starship from Earth (a novel) by John BoydBack in the late sixties early seventies I joined the science fiction book club and this was one of many offerings. I still have the 1968 edition they sent me and it's in fair condition. What wasn't so much intact was my recall of the story; so I had to reread it. I was seventeen in 1968 when this was published and I was going to Junior College while just barely becoming eighteen. This book creates for me the feeling of a literary epic. It's wri [...]


  • Gabriel C.

    I am so glad I'm done! Reading this book was like drinking a never-ending stream of piping hot diarrhea straight from the hose. Let's see. Insipid, pretentious, uninspired, prudish, emotionally flat, boring, unbelievable, sexist, racist, classist, factually wrong, humorless, embarrassing, shit fuck piss cunt motherfucker.Helix is an agent from the Hell-planet sent to seduce a mathematician and get him exiled to Hell so that he can go back in time and kill Jesus (this is revealed on the last page [...]


  • Perry Whitford

    Set in a future society where citizens are split bewteen professionals and proletarians, and the state is run by a triumvirate of Soc(iologists), Psyc(hologists) and the Church.A scientist named Fairweather discovered a Simultaneity Formula that made travel to the stars easily possible, yet the spaceships are used to exile those accused of "deviationism" to planet Hell, where Jesus Christ seems is worshipped in an unfamiliar way, the sign of the cross replaced by a mysterious sign of the "crossb [...]


  • Invadozer Misothorax Circular-thallus Popewaffensquat

    Ya'd think with a title like this there is a chance that this is all about the wipe out of a fleet of ships going into the far reaches of the galaxy or some crap. No. This is a book on control of the line of humanity to breed a perfect society with eugenics and manipulation. Some great patches in the book reminds me of Brave New World (caste system with numbers and letters), 1984 (virgins for the state, big brother types spying for aberrations) and maybe a little bit of Behold the Man (Jesus? He [...]


  • Miriam

    "Rarely is it given man to know the day or the hour when fate intervenes in his destiny, but, because he had checked his watch just before he saw the girl with the hips, Haldane IV knew the day, the hour, and the minute." Thus begins the forbidden love of a theoretical mathematician and a poet.


  • Zeb Kantrowitz

    This is considered to be one of the great classics of Science Fiction. It was written in 1968 right in the middle of the last large upheaval in European society. Students were demonstrating in most countries of the “Free World” against bourgeois restraints and in the US against the war in Vietnam. The idea that the world could be united in “Love, Peace and Harmony” didn’t sound that clichéd in those days. This was his first and still his most famous novel. It starts out on a Dystopian [...]


  • David Gerritsen

    This is such a surprising and bizarre book. I picked it up on a whim in the bookstore and found myself both intrigued and dismayed by the amount of unabashed bravado and sexism on the first page alone. To be clear, the book was written in a different generation for a different set of sensibilities. If you're politically sensitive, this might not be the book for you. If not, however, the book is a quick and interesting read.What I liked about the book was the way it (view spoiler)[slowly revealed [...]


  • Juushika

    In a society with strict class and career divisions, a poet and a mathematician cross specializations and break laws to fall in love, beginning a strange chain of events. The first line of my review notes reads, "Good my lord, what was that"--and I have no better way to summarize this book. A dystopia-cum-social commentary in line with Fahrenheit 451 or 1984, but plagued with vast inconsistencies of content, worldbuilding, and tone, it's hard to make much of The Last Starship from Earth. It's hu [...]


  • Gia Jgarkava

    This book is a good example of Hollywood-like realization of a possibly interesting sci-fi idea. Many issues resemble it as a being such, but main is primitiveness of everything is this book - dialogues, trains of thought, chess playing, depiction of social relations, knowledge of basic human psychology, trial, science but the worst is the main twist: (view spoiler)[ if Jesus Christ had not been killed, the world would have developed into a dystopic, one-governmental, authoritarian, senseless an [...]


  • John Schmidt

    This is a fun time travel story showing what the world was like before Judas Iscariot is sent back in time to prevent Jesus of Nazareth from going to war against the Romans.Judas puts Jesus into his time travel machine before it disappears and thus initiates the historical timeline of our world.The only reason I do not give this novel five stars is because I've never understood what the protagonist (Judas) was supposed to be doing on Earth during all his long centuries on Earth (he does not age) [...]


  • Norman

    A thought-provoking science fiction novel which makes you consider how a fascist regime does not need to be overtly oppressive to control and also how the human spirit conquers


  • Meg

    I'm rereading this now. It reminds me of Heinlein.


  • Teri

    One thing this book does quite well, is language. He uses a lot of uncommon words (and occasionally just makes up words) which makes the actual text interesting to read. This is really helpful because the story itself is much harder to enjoy.In general, the story is vague. He spends a lot of time discussing the various things he does and places he spends his time while trying to track down Helix. Then he speeds through other things like how and why their society is what it is. (view spoiler)[ Th [...]


  • Bobby

    A dystopian new-wave science fiction classic.


  • Sebastian Sajda

    Some interesting world-building hidden under a lair of misogyny not uncommon for the time of its writing. The plot doesn't save it from itself.


  • Jenna Mitchell

    According to my account, I started this book in May, so it took me 7 months to finish this piddly science fiction book. I attribute the intense slowness of this read to two things: 1. This story is THICK in plot, though the actual book is quite thin. Go forward 10 pages, and you've moved forward and backward in time, discovered mutiny, and someone has fallen in love. There is so much going on. 2. I can't decide if I love John Boyd's work or I dislike it. I picked this book up, fell in love with [...]


  • James

    Reading Science Fiction written in the past (in this case the late 1960s) creates a situation where what was posited as a story of the near future becomes a story of an alternate history. In this cae the novel is set in a dystopian society in the very near future. 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 “sci [...]


  • Julio

    Imposible no relacionarlo con "1984" y "Un Mundo Feliz". Al igual que éstos, la novela describe una sociedad totalmente controlada y totalitaria. Esta, además, está racionalmente optimizada mediante la separación (¿crianza?) de la gente en profesiones estrictamente imposibilitadas de mezclarse, y aún menos con los proletarios inferiores, bajo pena de esterilización y extradición a Infierno, el planeta helado. Los orígenes de esta distopía no se describen, aunque se adivinan ante refere [...]


  • Michael O'Donnell

    In an alternate world, where Jesus was a rebel leader, the Pope is a computer and Hell is a planet orbiting a distant star, the state is controlled by the Church, the sociologists and the psychologists.Mathematician Haldane IV falls in love with poet Helix, a forbidden pairing in this totalitarian state, where the population is strictly controlled by eugenics. They are discovered and sent for trial, leading them on the path to Hell and an unexpected chance to change society forever.The first par [...]


  • Bob Rust

    The Last Starship From Earth - A complex tale told with baroque vigour, a Dystopia, an Alternate-History story, a Space Opera with Time-Travel components making it impossible to say which of various spaceships actually is the last to leave Earth and in what sense "last" is intended the book is a bravura and knowing traversal of sf protocols. The protagonist sent from a stratified Dystopian Earth to the Prison planet Hell for machiavellian reasons ends up travelling through time making sure Jesus [...]


  • Brian Clegg

    Re-reading this book after a long time I am impressed just how well it has stood up. Although it was written in the 1960s it is still fresh and enjoyable. I've recently been introduced to Iain Banks and this is writing to equal Banks for that combination of sophistication with great readability. I was a little worried by Robert Heinlein's comparison with 1984 and Brave New World on the cover. I can see why he did it - this another book about an all-controlling, totalitarian state - but I thought [...]


  • Mike

    I was surprised by this book. I would not have brought it based on the cover, but it turned to be a a good book, not what I would call a classic, but enjoyable.The plot reminded of the TV series Logan's Run in that it was a state controlled society. Its a type of novel that I don't think is written anymore.At 182 pages I thought it was a little short and rushed, but that may just be a side effect of when it was written.At the end of the day the further I got into it the more I wanted to read. I [...]


  • Alex Alfaro

    If Jesus' death was different and his life changed from the stories we know, how could this have changed the world. Would it be a world worth keeping or is his sacrifice necessary so we can live as free people, of free will without big brother watching and ordering the world? Quick read if you enjoy Orwellian dystopian reads grab and tear through. Nice and enjoyable, very interesting story to entertain.


  • George

    This book was a struggle to get through. Even though it was overwritten, the first 75 percent of the book did create a sense of anxiety about these two people stepping outside their assigned roles.Then in the last fourth of the book, the writing changed, the story changed and things went all goofy.Weird!


  • Erik Graff

    Upchurch wrote this, his first, novel as "John Boyd". If the description is accurate, it sounds very interesting. I recall buying it at a resale shop in the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago while visiting Mother there, but cannot recall the contents.


  • Charles

    Supposed to be one of a trilogy but I've never read any of the others. It was intersting but not compelling enough to make me seek out more by Boyd.


  • Javier

    Realidad alternativa, reminiscencias de "1984", sorpresa final ¿qué más se puede pedir?


  • Edwin Kort

    aardig, maar gedateerd, verhaal.


  • Timothy Boyd

    Not a bad older SiFi story. Defiantly a different type of read than modern SiFi books. Recommended


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