James Blish’s 1961 The Star Dwellers is the first volume in the Heart Stars Duology. The Star Dwellers is a young adult novel.
Humanity has long pondered questions like:
- Are we alone in the galaxy?
- Are amicable relations between aliens and humans possible?
- How does a novel this terrible not only get published but remain in print for twenty years (more than sixty in the UK)?
The Star Dwellers answers two of those questions.
Although he is only seventeen years old, Cadet Jack Loftus has benefitted from educational philosophies far superior to those of the 1960s, ninety years earlier. Good thing for humanity, as Jack will be playing a central role in its destiny.