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Posted November 5, 2009
RENAISSANCE is a science fiction novel which was originally serialized in the SF magazine ASTOUNDING all the way back in 1944. If this fact is kept in mind, one can enjoy the epic scale and imaginative power of this story relating the clash of two parallel worlds, with nothing less than the future of mankind in the balance.
In his lengthy but not prolific career Raymond F. Jones was never considered the equal of writers like Heinlein, Asimov or Sturgeon. He was an "idea" guy possessing a workmanlike, somewhat plodding prose style--virtues and faults fully on display in RENAISSANCE. Twists of perspective and "sense of wonder" concepts abound and the confrontation of science and superstition is considered very seriously, sometimes ponderously. Readers certainly will get their money's worth. Today, this much story would likely get stretched into a trilogy or more.
Note: this novel has also been published under the title MAN OF TWO WORLDS.