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Surface Tension (1952) [Short Story]
by James Blish Rating: Weighted - 7.7 / Average - 7.7 of 10 (3 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

James Blish was the first to make the cognitive leap necessary to one of the most enduring of science fiction's themes: that of mankind adapting to his environment not by changing the planet, but by changing himself.

A seed ship has crash landed on a world made entirely of ocean except for a tiny triangular continent. The men know that they will die, but their mission is all-important -- to seed the planet with men who, generations from then, will rejoin the human race as a proud and independent people.

But the humans of this watery world in that long distant time will be human in name only, for their spirits will be gigantic, but their bodies -- microscopic.

This story is collected in

  • The Seedling Stars

Original title: Surface Tension
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionSpecies EvolutionBioengineering

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Seedling Stars, the (1957) [Collection]
      Author: James Blish
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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