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Space Odyssey

Thirty years after the launch of an exploratory anthology, a science fiction connoisseur wonders when we’ll discover brighter stars.

by
Daniel Oppenheimer
November 19, 2004

I look around, and I remember the promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Israel—‘I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven’—and I think to myself, ‘A promise is a promise, but even a promise can go too far,’” says Milchik the Jewish-Venusian TV repairman. The stars themselves are more than enough, but when each star has maybe ten, twenty planets.

Daniel Oppenheimer is the author ofExit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century. He is working on a book about critic and writer Dave Hickey.

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