A MILLION OPEN DOORS. New York: Tor, [1992]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. A MILLION OPEN DOORS (1992), which begins the Thousand Cultures sequence, also hearkens deliberately backwards to the exuberant, human-dominated, outward-looking galaxy of writers like Heinlein, though the story itself -– a young man comes of age on a strange planet as the human galaxy reunites, thanks to the invention of the "springer" matter transmitter- – is perhaps more shadowed by self-awareness than some of its predecessors, and successive volumes increasingly darken the picture. The covert galaxy-spanning Office of Special Projects, more complexly envisioned than its generic predecessors in the work of writers like Poul Anderson or Keith Laumer, takes its task of controlling the explosive reunion of humans throughout the galaxy very seriously indeed ..." - John Clute, SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-76. Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), pp. 237-8. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy. (#67952).

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