The Seedling Stars

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The Seedling Stars
Seedling stars.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author James Blish
Cover artist Lionel Dillon
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction short stories
Publisher Gnome Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 185 pp
OCLC 7013015

The Seedling Stars is a 1957 collection of science fiction short stories by James Blish. It was first published by Gnome Press in 1957 in an edition of 5,000 copies. The stories concern the adaptation of humans to alien environments (a process Blish called pantropy). This may be viewed in contrast to the concept of adapting planetary environments to suit humans (terraforming).


"Seeding Program" was originally published under the title "A Time to Survive". "Surface Tension" was revised from its magazine publication, and here incorporates material from Blish's earlier story "Sunken Universe", published in Super Science Stories in 1942.[1] The four stories are termed 'Book One', 'Book Two', etc. and some editions refer to this as a standard novel in four sections, rather than an actual short story collection.


Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the collection as "a thought-provoking job".[2] Anthony Boucher also received the book favorably, saying it "nicely illustrat[ed] the characteristic Blish balance between thinking and storytelling, with each reinforcing the other".[3]


  1. ^ Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections
  2. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1957, p.105
  3. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, July 1957, p.92.

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