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Born in 1931 in East Prussia, which is now Lithuania, Algis Budrys died in 2008. He is widely recognized to have written an early classic of the genre, Rogue Moon (1960). Under his own name and a number of pseudonyms, Budrys published frequently in Astounding in the 1950s and 60s, he is, of the "Golden Age" writers, far closer to chroniclers of the Cold War like Graham Gre Born in 1931 in East Prussia, which is now Lithuania, Algis Budrys died in 2008. He is widely recognized to have written an early classic of the genre, Rogue Moon (1960). Under his own name and a number of pseudonyms, Budrys published frequently in Astounding in the 1950s and 60s, he is, of the "Golden Age" writers, far closer to chroniclers of the Cold War like Graham Greene, or careful examiners of the human condition in the nuclear age, like William Golding. Citadel is a story of deception, manipulation and broken promises; its cynical anti-hero Marlowe is in every way, a man of the post Cold War generation -- powerful, manipulative, cold-hearted, lonely and friendless. According to Marlowe, humans are "a race of maniacs. And that is why Earthmen rule the galaxy. For our treaties are not binding, and our promises are worthless. Our government does not represent our people. It represents our people as they once were. The delay in the democratic process is such that the treaty signed today fulfills the promise of yesterday -- but today the Body Politic has formed a new opinion, is following a new logic which is completely at variance with that of yesterday. An Earthman's promise -- expressed in words or deeds -- is good only at the instant he makes it." -- Amy Sterling Casil


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Born in 1931 in East Prussia, which is now Lithuania, Algis Budrys died in 2008. He is widely recognized to have written an early classic of the genre, Rogue Moon (1960). Under his own name and a number of pseudonyms, Budrys published frequently in Astounding in the 1950s and 60s, he is, of the "Golden Age" writers, far closer to chroniclers of the Cold War like Graham Gre Born in 1931 in East Prussia, which is now Lithuania, Algis Budrys died in 2008. He is widely recognized to have written an early classic of the genre, Rogue Moon (1960). Under his own name and a number of pseudonyms, Budrys published frequently in Astounding in the 1950s and 60s, he is, of the "Golden Age" writers, far closer to chroniclers of the Cold War like Graham Greene, or careful examiners of the human condition in the nuclear age, like William Golding. Citadel is a story of deception, manipulation and broken promises; its cynical anti-hero Marlowe is in every way, a man of the post Cold War generation -- powerful, manipulative, cold-hearted, lonely and friendless. According to Marlowe, humans are "a race of maniacs. And that is why Earthmen rule the galaxy. For our treaties are not binding, and our promises are worthless. Our government does not represent our people. It represents our people as they once were. The delay in the democratic process is such that the treaty signed today fulfills the promise of yesterday -- but today the Body Politic has formed a new opinion, is following a new logic which is completely at variance with that of yesterday. An Earthman's promise -- expressed in words or deeds -- is good only at the instant he makes it." -- Amy Sterling Casil

30 review for Citadel by Aldris Budrys, Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Opera, High Tech

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emiliano Aguilar

    A bit long.. But I liked the last sentence.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Aldridge

    In Librivox SSF Vol 017. An unusually long but great short story. Very well read and well characterized its a darkly funny/tragic chronicle of exploitation - a real estate broker selling planetoids to a client who is seeking solitude and peace. Sadly it's not what the government of humanity wants as we plan for a galactic future. Re-listened as I stopped listening for 4 months. In Librivox SSF Vol 017. An unusually long but great short story. Very well read and well characterized its a darkly funny/tragic chronicle of exploitation - a real estate broker selling planetoids to a client who is seeking solitude and peace. Sadly it's not what the government of humanity wants as we plan for a galactic future. Re-listened as I stopped listening for 4 months.

  3. 4 out of 5

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    gary hudson

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    Vitor Fraz√£o

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    Konnie King

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Cree

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