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A Case of Conscience (Ballantine SF Classic)
A Case of Conscience - Ballantine SF Classic
Author: James Blish
A well-deserved Hugo award went to this fascinating study of the place of religion in a future star-travelling society. Most of the action takes place on the newly-discovered planet Lithia, a paradise, idyllic, so like an unsettled Earth, yet so different. — The protagonist, Father Ruiz-Sanchez, is both a priest and a biologist. He grows to feel ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345027559
ISBN-10: 0345027558
Edition: 3rd
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Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This is a great Sci Fi book, winner of the Hugo award way back in the day, that is unfortunately no longer in print.

The book is about Father Ruiz-Sanchez, a priest and a biologist, who is part of a UN commission to study the planet Lithia to determine its future. The Lithians are reptilian aliens that act like a perfectly moral race except that they have no conception of faith or belief--they are purely rational. This theological issue is the driving force behind the book.

In the end, I think the author shies away from making some bold claims about religion and human society in general. But still, it's well-written and a worthy read for anyone interested in Sci Fi. It really packs a lot into 181 pages.
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