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A Case of Conscience (Del Rey Impact)
A Case of Conscience - Del Rey Impact
Author: James Blish
Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man--a priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He has found no insoluble conflicts in his beliefs or his ethics . . . until he is sent to Lithia. There he comes upon a race of aliens who are admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason; they are incapa...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345438355
ISBN-10: 0345438353
Publication Date: 9/5/2000
Pages: 256
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3.2 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 2
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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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