In the 1960s or '70s I read a story/novel featuring a world that achieved space flight by engineering biological (vegetative) material. Does anybody know what it might be?

  • Hi, welcome to the site. If you can recall any other details about this story/novel, please edit your question to add them in. Jan 11, 2023 at 4:10
  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. Did this world interact with humans at all? Did they meet other alien races?
    – DavidW
    Jan 11, 2023 at 4:11
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    They're both 1980s Instead of 60s-70s, but you might contrast Bob Shaw's Land and Overland series and Brunner's The Crucible of Time. The former features humans who build wooden spaceships, the latter aliens who grow them. If you can identify how the story you're looking for differs from them it would help a lot.
    – DavidW
    Jan 11, 2023 at 4:42
  • Thank you David W. I certainly read a lot of Brunnerand so that may be it. I’ll take a look. I’ll get back to you. Also, my recollection is that they did not interact with Terran humans.
    – Mel
    Jan 11, 2023 at 5:11
  • David W. Thank you, the crucible of time is definitely it. I have mentioned this plot aspect to my son for 15 years and I’m pretty sure he believes I imagined it on some acid trip. But who needs acid when you have John Bruner. Thanks again. (As Benny Noakes used to say, “ christ what imagination I have got“
    – Mel
    Jan 11, 2023 at 5:37


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