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By John Brunner

Lifestyles had develop into too fascinating on one international crawling around the rubble-strewn arm of a spiral galaxy.
For because the approach moved it swept up cosmic dirt and particles. Ice a while and sessions of tropical heat each other in a short time. Meteors huge and small fell continuously. Yesterday's fabled tradition could be tomorrow's fascinating gap within the ground.
But society had constantly persisted. Many notion it usually might. merely the brightest scientists admitted that to outlive, the race must abandon the planet. And to do this they'd need to invent spacecraft...
This engrossing epic describes the advance, over millennia, of a species from a tradition of planet-bound medieval city-states to a worldly, technological civilization. With The Crucible of Time, John Brunner returns to the large-canvas technology fiction he pioneered in his Hugo Award-winning, novel Stand on Zanzibar.

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