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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 14, Tom LA rated it really liked it.
Clean, straight-forward and light-hearted science fiction fun. This would make such a great Spielberg movie. I loved how Silverberg unveiled some aspects of this fictional future world at exactly the right time. Jun 30, Ted Wong rated it really liked it. Good, old-fashioned space fiction. Minimal plot, plenty of gee-whiz. Huge lightweight fun. Sep 28, Bill rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , scifi-fantasy. YA, lots of good science, fairly simplistic plot line, no one in any real danger, high school age hero.
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Feb 24, Emily rated it really liked it. An entertaining 'juvenile' although I would class it more as YA science fiction novel. Bill is the winner of a high school essay contest for which the prize is to work for a year at the World's Fair in the Martian Pavilion. The Fair is being held this year on a space station 50, miles up from Earth. There are real Martians in the Pavilion. Bill's essay suggested there might be life on Pluto, and explained what that might look like.
Bill wants to be a xenobiologist when he grows up. Desp An entertaining 'juvenile' although I would class it more as YA science fiction novel. Despite the fact that, as of , there are no Space Station Worlds Fairs, live Martians, or anything resembling nuclear space ships, this is a very believable work. It was written in , just following the moon landing, when just about everybody believed that these things would all come to pass in the near future besides, maybe, the live Martians thing.
The plot is enjoyable and Bill is a quite relatable character, although he does seem more intelligent and mature than your average 17 year old. I found the ending to be slightly abrupt and just a tad bit disappointing, so I would really enjoy reading reading more about Bill and what happens next with both the Martians and the Plutonians. Mar 25, Dixie rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-own. I read this when I was maybe 13 or 14 -- some 40 years ago.
About a decade ago I wanted to find and reread it, but since I couldn't remember the title, only the author and general subject matter, it took me ages to find it. I really enjoyed it. It reminds me of the Heinlein juveniles - interestingly, Silverberg himself compares it to those books in his introduction. A very enjoyable read.
Don't let the date in the title fool you. It's still future, maybe or would work. Entertaining YA sci-fi.
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Plans for a World's Fair to showcase Chicago as an international city are almost dead or very dead, depending on who is talking. Mayor Harold Washington is one of the few who insist the effort is still alive. When a legislative advisory panel issued its report last week, declaring that ''proceeding with the fair as planned would be a misguided economic decision,'' one official after another bailed out, including Gov.
James R. Thompson, House Speaker Michael J.
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Madigan and the Chicago World's Fair Authority itself. Releasing the advisory panel's report, Mr. Madigan told reporters, ''We should pull the plug today. The Governor said that without Mr. Madigan's support, ''the fair is dead. And a somber John D. Kramer, general manager of the Fair Authority, proclaimed, ''Now it is clear that the dream has died. In the meantime, boosters in Miami and Los Angeles have expressed interest in sponsoring the exposition, should Chicago officially notify the Federal Commerce Department that it is bowing out.
A Seven-Year Effort. It was in that Chicago officials first told the Bureau of International Expositions, the Paris-based governing authority, that the city wanted to have a world's fair. This would not be just any old fair. It would be a ''universal class'' exposition, the likes of which were last seen in Osaka, Japan, in and in Montreal in The Osaka fair drew 64 million people; the Montreal exposition, 51 million. The fair, twinned with one in Seville, Spain, would commemorate the th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America.
According to the fair's backers, it would increase tourism, help the economies of Chicago and Illinois, stimulate development of the long-neglected Near South Side and improve the city's image. But that triumph never translated into firm financial commitments either from private industry, which originated the idea, or from state or local governments. Kramer, in an interview, said the biggest problem had been ''the absence of a strong, clear, single voice in support of the fair - events like this require that.
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Contrast With Los Angeles. By contrast, he described how Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles had pushed for and won approval of the Summer Olympics, even when others were calling the idea foolhardy. That push never happened in Chicago, and many critics, including the Governor, have pointed to the Mayor. View all New York Times newsletters.
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But Mr. Washington, in a news conference Friday, said critics were simply looking for ''fall guys. The fractious City Council was never satisfied with the proposed site, Burnham Harbor, along Lake Michigan, arguably the most beautiful spot in the city. Several Council members, looking to the promised economic benefits, wanted the fair in their own wards. But beyond this, there were doubts about the financial feasibility of a fair.