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This was not one of Robert Jordan's best but it was good enough. Action, excitement, and wenches the usual things to expect from a Conan story. The final battle against the mighty god, Al'kiir, was disappointing and left me wanting something more. Aug 25, Chris Gorsend rated it really liked it. Jordan's Conan pastiches are the best of the extended Conan universe. Wildly different from REH's definitive take on the character, they keep the thrills and mayhem but with a more measured, less frenetic pace.
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There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam from to Librarian Note: He served two tours in Vietnam from to with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm.
After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. He lived with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor in a house built in Responding to queries on the similarity of some of the concepts in his Wheel of Time books with Freemasonry concepts, Jordan admitted that he was a Freemason.
However, "like his father and grandfather," he preferred not to advertise, possibly because of the negative propaganda against Freemasonry. In his own words, "no man in this country should feel in danger because of his beliefs. He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life. Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.
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Jordan died at approximately 2: Jordan was cremated and his ashes buried in the churchyard of St. James Church in Goose Creek, outside Charleston. Other books in the series. In this wild fantasy, the lavish use of nuclear weapons has caused distortions in the space-time continuum which bounce the characters from era to era. The Danube, blocked by a bomb, creates a European inland sea. The subtitle is a pun referring both to the nature of the plot and to the fact that the characters burst into song at intervals.
In this dreamlike fantasy of disintegrating reality, it is mentioned in passing that nuclear weapons have been used in the Crimea. The same device used in the preceding novel reappears: In Seasons in Flight. After a war between the Warsaw Pact and NATO blankets the Northern Hemisphere in radioactive dust clouds, high-ranking military officials flee and crash-land on the Pacific island of Sipora where they are greeted by a wrathful god, which is perhaps a volcanic eruption.
Retitled An Island Called Moreau. During a nuclear war between the United States and China on one side, and the USSR on the other, an undersecretary of state crash-lands in a space shuttle near a South Pacific island where a thalidomide victim named Dart continues the experiments of H. Moreau in the creation of half-human monsters. After various adventures and a frolic with supersensual Japanese seal-people, the undersecretary discovers that the island is a secret project of his own department intended to design a radiation-resistant race of humanoids for life after nuclear war.
Moreau , the beasts revolt, and their creator is killed. Beginning of another postholocaust adventure series. He joins an isolated settlement in an abandoned department store and duels with its ruler for possession of his woman. His ideal proves illusory, however, and he plunges back into the wilderness with an earthier female companion, seeking the fabled northern settlement of peace and progress called Genesis. For some reason, the nuclear bombs have prevented any rain from falling for years, but at the end of the novel hope is signaled by the onset of a shower.
Basically a simple action yarn with very stereotyped manipulative, predatory women although you can buy any of them for a piece of a tube of lipstick. The hero, however, is considerably more thoughtful and complex than the average pulp hero. See under del Rey, Lester. Anthony Messenger, September, This story, in the form of a journal, describes the suffering and death of a suburban family when the world is destroyed by nuclear war.
At first people try to deny that the ill effects they experience are caused by fallout, even when babies begin to die. There is hoarding, but no rioting, looting, or rape. Source of the script for the film Testament. The story begins deceptively as a sentimental tale of a frolicsome puppy befriending a young girl; but it soon becomes apparent that humans fear and distrust dogs since a nuclear war has made the dogs human-eaters and rendered the humans defenseless.
Mu tated humans are in fact ceremonially fed to a dog-beast. Women are now stronger than men. Time is a debilitating disease which haunts a crowded and polluted world where the sky is discolored by the aftermath of limited nuclear wars. Sex is rare because of fear of disease and widespread depression. People live vicariously through television actors who write their own lines. A middle-aged scientist becomes involved in the Manhattan Project and works at Oak Ridge, witnesses the Trinity test, and investigates the after-effects of radiation in Hiroshima this phase of his career is skipped over quickly.
Little detail is provided about the bomb; the novel is mainly concerned with the security problems of its protagonist, which mirror those of Robert Oppenheimer. Deeply troubled by the moral implications of his involvement with the project, the scientist becomes active in advocating international control of atomic energy along the lines proposed by the Baruch Plan. Finally cleared by an investigation, he is asked to join a research project, headed by an ex-Nazi, to build a new radiation superweapon. He is ambivalent, but about to begin work, when the novel ends.
See under Anderson, William C. Three hundred men aboard an interstellar ship return to Earth to find it has been destroyed by an unknown enemy and that they themselves are under attack from a barrage of nuclear missiles. They go in search of the culprits and of a European ship crewed by women. The men rage, the women take tranquillizers to combat hysteria; the men fight, the women engage in trade. Meanwhile, men and women are reunited, but since there are more women than men, they will practice polyandry, except for the leaders, who prefer monogamy.
The Day the Earth Stood Still: Three Original Novellas of Science Fiction. The garage owner who had originally thought of the idea of praying for such a miracle cannot think of any appropriate response to its occurrence; disillusioned mobs destroy his property and kill him. There is only muted hope for something better to emerge out of what seems to be the collapse of civilization. An Adventure in Science Fiction. Also in Cold Victory. Also in Reginald Bretnor, ed. Future at War, Vol. The Spear of Mars. The foreword to Cold Victory establishes that the entire series has as its background a nuclear holocaust which destroyed civilization.
In Strangers from Earth. Interstellar adventure with terrestrial nuclear war in the distant background. Loosely linked to the Maurai stories. In a revolt against a post-World War III dictatorship, which uses a small atomic bomb against the rebels, the rebel leader is no better than the tyrant he overthrows. An interstellar war story containing an incidental mention of radioactivity associated with the firing of spaceship guns.
Also in Judith Merril, ed. Also in Frederik Pohl, ed. The Science Fiction Roll of Honor: In The Horn of Time. Also in The Psychotechnic League. The Future at War, Vol. Pournelle and John F. There Will Be War. Three stories from the Maurai series together with two stories related to each other but without any bearing on nuclear war: Also in The Best of Poul Anderson. Also in Robert R Mills, ed. A Decade of Fantasy and Science Fiction. With a near- monopoly on technology, they ceaselessly strive to enforce an ecologically sound way of life, banning the use of nonrenewable resources and nuclear technology.
In this story they use flame-throwers to battle pirates flying in blimps, asserting their control over international trade. As is true of many of these stories, the superiority of high technology over traditional Maurai culture is argued. Also in The Horn of Time. Two hundred years later, a Maurai spy mission to India uncovers the secret construction of a fusion reactor and tries to destroy it. The story argues for cultural pluralism and against the uniformity produced by twentieth-century-style industrialism.
Also in Roger Elwood and Virginia Kidd, eds. Also published as The Wounded Planet. In Time and Stars. Also in Isaac Asimov, ed. The Hugo Winners, Vol. In a post-atomic war age, feudal wars rage across a fragmented America. A superior political thriller with some fairly good characterization and at least one strong female character, although most of the women function primarily as lovers.
Berkley, expanded from version in Fantastic, June, July, Various groups struggle for control of a force-field shield developed with the aid of the Martians by a bright young man especially chosen and fostered to be of service from among the survivors of the second thermonuclear war. Also in Alden H. Award Science Fiction Reader. Also in Kurt Singer, ed. Also in Donald L. Approaches to Science Fiction. Warlike colonists return to Earth and conquer it using atomic weapons. The hero defeats them by using a matter converter to create a critical mass of plutonium.
In The Long Night. Also in Brian Aldiss, ed. The leader of a successful rebellion against barbaric alien rulers plans to establish a new human empire with himself as dictator. Both sides use nuclear weapons. There Will Be Time. Bound with The Dancer from Atlantis. A time-traveling mutant works to prevent the nuclear war he knows is pending. This is a loosely connected member of that series. The mutant comes in conflict with a ruthless group of time travelers bent on battling the Maurai, and he defeats them.
The novel ends with the victors planning flight to the stars. The early pages of the novel contain a good deal of satirical commentary on the radical movements of the sixties. This popular non-fictional account of the subject based largely on Kahn and Kissinger is neither extremely pessimistic nor overly sanguine. Bound with The Winter of the World. Also in Robert P. Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: There Will Be War, Vol.
Ruthless invaders from a decadent overpopulated world assault a peaceful pastoral planet using nuclear missiles and atomic artillery. Taking advantage of the long periods of time required for the invaders to transport successive expeditions, the victims rapidly develop a high technology and defeat their enemies with superweapons.
Series of linked stories: Europe has been devastated, but parts of the Soviet Union now dissolved into smaller states and the United States are slowly recovering. A census is to be conducted to find out how many people have survived. Meanwhile it is becoming apparent that radioactive fallout has created a far greater number of mutations than might have been expected.
There they encounter and battle their Siberian i. The Siberians are defeated.
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As in his other works, Anderson relies on high technology to solve problems. These stories fit in with the general theme of sympathy with homo superior. Vault of the Ages. Two boys use technology from a time vault to defeat invaders and cause the lifting of the taboo on the old knowledge.
Philosophical wisdom also stored in the vault will prevent its misuse this time. Also in Robert Silverberg, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. The Science Fictional Dinosaur. Anderson, Poul and F. In Roger Elwood, ed. The Many Worlds of Poul Anderson. Also in Poul Anderson. The Book of Poul Anderson. Also in Groff Conklin, ed. A Treasury of Science Fiction. Crown, omitted from the Berkley paperback edition. Also in Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Caught in the Organ Draft. Also in Damon Knight, Martin H. The Great Science Fiction Stories: After a two-year war involving atomic and bacteriological weapons, few people survive, and the majority of births are abnormal.
A mild form of nuclear winter is described: Dust, colloidal dust of the bombs, suspended in the atmosphere and cutting down the solar constant by a deadly percent or two. The story implicitly criticizes simplistic stories of survival, but is not entirely pessimistic. We should never have created science. It brought the twilight of the race. The race brought its own destruction, through misuse of science. Our culture was scientific anyway, in all except its psychological basis. If we do, the race may yet survive.
Pandemonium on the Potomac. In this comic novel, a man with strange powers and his beautiful daughter, claiming to be sent from Venus, force the world into disarming. The Russians cheat and secrete four H-bombs in American cities, blowing one up as a demonstration and threatening to explode the others unless the United States withdraws all its conventional forces from around the world. The Valley of the Gods. Books for Libraries, A colonel callously talks about the inadequacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as tests of nuclear bomb effects, and explains how pigs will be dressed in protective clothing for the upcoming Bikini tests.
In John Bell and Lesley Choyce, eds. Visions from the Edge: Porters Lake, Nova Scotia: In the ruins of abandoned New York City, two men struggle with the problem of how to extract an aching tooth. The only clue that the destruction was caused by atomic bombing is the fact that all windows have been blown out. Originally published as three separate volumes: Heavy emphasis on combat, sex.
According to Michael R. Starmont House, ], p. In John Campbell, ed. Also in Stanley Schmidt, ed. Till the End of Time. A history professor travels back in time and strives to prevent the nuclear bomb from being dropped on Japan, but what he experiences in World War II teaches him instead the necessity of the atomic destruction of Hiroshima. The Japanese, it seems, besides carrying out inhuman experiments on captive subjects and developing a jet engine with the help of Amelia Earhart were developing the atomic bomb themselves.
Modern Japanese are also depicted as corrupt and malevolent. A powerful anti-Japanese tirade presented as an adventure story. Even the larger mammals are extinct. The Indians have banned all explosive weapons and the use of their simpler ones against each other, outlawed technology of all sorts, and alcohol.
Atomic research is particularly taboo. Yet these are no simple primitives: When they emerge, all of them die of poison ivy except for the young man and his sister. He insists on following his orders to explore the world for surviving enemies in order to exterminate them with stored nuclear weapons, but finally learns there is no one left to fight. Then he plays a tape which reveals that the holocaust was mistakenly set off by the misinterpretation of a gigantic meteor impact. The two whites marry Indians and adopt their ways. Although some technology may be reintroduced into their culture, precautions will be taken to prevent a recurrence of the ancient tragedy.
A bizarre adventure story inspired by the common antiwar argument that if the button to launch a nuclear attack were implanted in the heart of a human being, a leader would be deterred from doing so. Although the bombs turn out to be fakes, the point of the exercise remains unclear. The Zap was a violent burst of EMP which scrambled the brains of the surviving people in various weird ways, including loss of memory. In the end, the protagonist realizes that he was the creator of the Zap Bomb whose effects he detests so much. Expanded from Going After Arviq. In Janet Morris, ed. A female anthropology graduate student strives to teach Eskimos their own traditional ways so that they can survive during the nuclear winter.
Much of the latter part of the book is devoted to details of whaling. It is revealed that the U. Untitled sketch in Earl W. Foell and Richard A. How Peace Came to the World. A brief account of an East-West conflict leading to disarmament. A truce and peace treaty ensue in a shocked world, and growth toward world unity spreads.
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Unusual in that it is told from the point of view of a Russian. In Indian Literature Modern literature of the Non-Western World: Where the Waters are Born. A haunting surrealistic sketch in which the narrator can see refugees and the pollution from a seeming nuclear war involving a nearby city creeping horrifyingly into an Indian village. Since no one but the narrator is willing to acknowledge the ominous changes taking place, the story can be read as an allegory of our willful blindness to the danger of nuclear war.
A very rare example of a nuclear war story by a third-world woman author from Pakistan. A young boy in a primitive tribe has a vision in which he seems his world as it might have been: The nuclear death of Earth dealt with in Pebble in the Sky is briefly alluded to in this novel. Also in Noel Keyes. Aliens keep watch over Earth from the back side of the Moon, waiting for a nuclear holocaust to erupt as it has on many other planets. Then they can conquer this world as they have others in the wake of similar conflicts. Pebble in the Sky. New York, Doubleday, In a afterword, Asimov acknowledged that he no longer believed humans could survive on a radioactive Earth such as that depicted in this novel.
In this artless but effective picture of London in ruins, Asterley uses far more Hiroshima-style details than most writers: Yet he also introduces fantastic elements: The perimeter of the enormous crater which once was London has been dusted with radioactive elements beyond After Tom saves Jill, he is almost forced to kill an old woman who insanely blames him for the death of her three children, but she providentially falls to her death.
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Tom tries to free a group of people trapped underground, but succeeds only in blasting a hole through the crater wall, releasing a torrent which will eventually flood the London crater. A blind man asks whether he is dead, and Tom wants to put him out of his misery, but Jill rejects the idea. They are caught between the vicious invaders who seem bent on exterminating the inhabitants, and the ruthless army patrols who shoot everyone suspected of looting. The heads of government are safely and ineffectually stowed on a submarine offshore.
When Jill is seized by the enemy, Tom kills most of them, rescues her and forces their hovercraft to take them on their way. From the dying pilot they acquire the mycotoxin antidote which will save their lives. They find a pair of children and take them with them. At the climax of international tensions partly caused by increasing U. Civil defense plans on both sides fail, although shielding is used against EMP.
Unusually for this sort of action story, there is a great deal of attention paid to depicting the gruesome wounds of the bomb victims. The elite Guardians are a group of highly-trained military men whose mission is to escort the President to a midwestern supershelter known as Heartland. Their leader, McKay, is rescued from a menacing gang of street toughs near the beginning of the novel when a last H-bomb explodes over Washington D.
Corrupt CIA men make a treasonous attempt to kidnap the president to make him a puppet of the mysterious European dictator Maximov; but the Guardians defeat them and drive the President in their heavily armored vehicle across the radioactive countryside. The National Guard creates a dictatorship which must be crushed in a bloody battle. The Guardians [ 2], Trial by Fire. Two weeks after the holocaust, conflicts are spreading around the globe. In the chaos of fallen America survivalists are especially targeted by the population as enemies. The Russians have landed in Alaska.
They discover that the Federal Center outside Denver has been taken over by cultists who seize two of the Guardians. The latter are tortured by a demonic figure clearly modelled on William F. They are destined to die by radiation exposure in a bomb crater on Cheyenne Mountain when they are rescued at the last moment by their comrades. They then discover the last living expert on the Blueprint a female economist living in a libertarian freehold which is invaded by cultists using nerve gas.
The cult leader is killed and the townspeople avenged. Chapter 1 begins with a character playing the nuclear war video game, Missile Command. The Guardians [ 3], Thunder of Hell. The Guardians battle their way past cannibals to California, where the former lieutenant governor has set up a dictatorship headquartered at the old Hearst castle of San Simeon. The plot is complex, with many rival political groups struggling for power. The dictator has begun a collaboration with a group of Russian renegades under the mistaken impression that they represent the Soviet government.
A right wing general sets himself up as a rival dictator. California is full of cultish groups, including a vicious offshoot of the United Farmworkers called the California Liberation Front. Leftists who have acquired an H-bomb kill each other off in a factional dispute; but a surviving leader takes the bomb to Disneyland and tries to set it off—unsuccessfully, because it has been sabotaged by one of the Russians. Road gypsies inspired by the Mad Max films are depicted. The nuclear winter theory is criticized. The Guardians [ 4], Night of the Phoenix. The President turns up, asserting his authority, and accusing the Guardians and the Vice-President of treason.
However, the Guardians discover that it is the President himself who is the traitor, for he has become a tool of the evil Federated States of Europe FSE. They invade Heartland, seize the information it holds on the Blueprint, and destroy the complex. In the process they are joined by a new ally: The Guardians [ 5], Armageddon Run. The Guardians battle their way back to Washington D. The author critiques the post holocaust scenarios of other writers. Rambo and and Dirty Harry are referred to. The Guardians [ 6], War Zone. Jove, In Washington, the Guardians engage in battles with D.
The Guardians [ 7], Brute Force. Refrence is made to the fact that the Chernobyl accident caused the closure of American nuclear reactors. Reference is also made to Rambo. The Guardians [ 8], Desolation Road. FSE forces in California rebel. The Guardians slaughter pirates. The FSE withdraws from the U. Beneath the Planet of the Apes. A second party of explorers comes seeking the first.
The only surviving crew member is captured, released by friendly apes, and discovers living beneath the ruins of New York City superhumans who worship a doomsday device, which they set off as attacking apes invade their threshold. Deathlands [ 2], Red Holocaust. Nuclear winter still grips Alaska nearly a century after Doomsday: The west coast fell into the ocean. A brutal band of barbaric Russians called Narodniki invade Alaska, pursued by regular Russian troops, and battle a band of heroic Ameri cans led by Ryan Cawdor.
They must also deal with bizarre mutants living in a deep supershelter. They encounter a tribe which worships nuclear war a nd practices human sacrifice and destroy it using a leftover nuclear missile. After the Narodniki are destroyed, the Russians return to Russia.
The protagonists enter a mysterious chamber to be transported to somewhere warmer. The fate of Judge Crater, who disappeared mysteriously in , explained: Cawdor and seven companions emerge from a gateway into Louisiana where they must fight tough mutants with dual circulatory systems. Neutron bombs were used in the war: Deathlands and Outlanders Web site. A thriller reflecting the Iranian hostage crisis. When Palestinian terrorists hijack a plane containing the families of the crew of a nuclear submarine and land it at a Russian base in Ethiopia, the sub crew decides on its own to use nuclear blackmail to force the Russians to allow the marines to rescue their families.
First the Russians try to eliminate the sub, but they are defeated by its superior defenses. In the process, a nuclear bomb on board a Russian helicopter is accidentally detonated, but fails to damage the sub. The crew and captain are given presidential pardons for their mutinous independent action. In Vladimir Gakov, ed. Explorers have found many dead worlds, many destroyed through suicidal warfare. One such was wrecked by thermonuclear bombs. Using a device which allows travel into the past, they send an agent to assassinate the scientist who would otherwise have gone on to invent the bomb.
The planet, which turns out to be an alternative version of our Earth, is allowed peacefully to develop and spread its civilization into space. However, the explorers lament the killing which they have had to commit, even though it was done for the best of motives. A satire on international tensions by a self-proclaimed leftist in which the Earth is accidentally split in two by a bomb test, and the Eastern and Western hemispheres become separate planets. Animosity between North and South America leads to a war which in turn splits that planetoid into two smaller fragments, then the Northern Hemisphere is split again.
Presented as a parable of the danger of the atomic bomb. The Seven Last Years. Armageddon consists of a three-sided war: Israel versus an Arab-African coalition versus the Russians. Iaunches its nuclear weapons against the USSR, China retaliates, and the result is a massive holocaust, producing clouds which blanket the sun. Devastating earthquakes are triggered as well. One old couple is depicted dying of radiation disease.
The nuclear phase of the Apocalypse is only briefly dealt with in this fairly effective, earnestly Christian novel. See Newman and Unsworth. The Regiments of Night. One thousand years after the Mad Wars of the Third Millenium, the Earth is still a radioactive wasteland occasionally visited by tourists. A group of them, accompanied by a scientist excavating the ruins, stumbles upon and accidentally reactivates an ancient automated battle fortress and a robot army. As Love and Napalm: A surrealist experimental narrative reminiscent of William S. Burroughs, filled with sadomasochistic fantasies linking violence, mutilation, death, and sexuality, including images of nuclear war.
Empire of the Sun. Accustomed to camp life, he greets the flash which he sees from the Nagasaki bomb as the opening shot of World War III. In The Terminal Beach. Also in Chronopolis and Other Stories. Also in James Gunn, ed. The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here. A man haunted by memories of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki visits Eniwetok, an atoll in the Marshall Islands which was the site of U. In an alternate universe a devil-shaped alien named Baphomet who has crash-landed on Earth gives a 13th-century crusader a cache of atomic grenade with which not only to conquer Jerusalem, but the entire territory conquered by the Mongols, planning to step in and rule over the resultant empire.
With the aid of the mystical powers of powerful Tibetan lamas, the crusaders are enabled to destroy Baphomet and claim the fruits of their victory.
In the process, they have learned how to duplicate the grenades; but Barbet makes nothing of the fact that this could have ominious consequences for their future. Whites deported blacks to the Southern Hemisphere in ; the blacks take revenge in by launching atomic missiles at Europe. Most of the plot concerns the consequences of the disappearance of electrical power rather than nuclear war as such. Originally La nuit des temps.
In this old-fashioned fantasy, two survivors of a ,year-old atomic war—caused by overpopulation—are discovered frozen in Antarctica. The world of the frame story is divided into the evil Ensorians with Asian features and the good, blond Gondawans. The survivors tell of a series of world wars, the last of which destroyed their civilization, despite massive student protests clearly reflecting Paris in They offer the world future technology to create paradise, but governments sabotage the deal and the couple dies in a Romeo-and-Juliet style tragedy of errors.
Contains a warning that the building of the ultimate deterrent may prompt a preemptive strike. Congdon and Weed, Following the catastrophic troubles of the nineteen-nineties and twenty-thirties, a limited nuclear war in the Middle East led to the destruction of two-thirds of the ozone layer, and the burning of the oil fields increased atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide enough to alter the weather. Space colonies orbiting near the Earth rule the rest of humanity. The plot concerns a joint rebellion of the outer space colonies and subject surface-dwellers against the dominant space colonies.
At one point the latter use a tactical nuclear weapon to destroy their own soldiers who have been captured in an attempt to make it appear that the rebels have used the bomb. This will discredit them, since the use of nuclear weapons is powerfully tabooed. A fairly routine combat story, but with an interesting pro-collectivist bias. Imram and The Sigma Curve. Long after the Fires and the Falling of , the hero seeks in a neobarbarian world to recover the box of papers which contain the secrets of earlier wisdom. Nuclear weapons are never mentioned; the only clue to their use is the presence of mutated rats.
Sequel to The Blessing Papers. A young man named Turly Vail becomes the champion of the savage Ennis. He meets the Gort, who dwell in an automated city, and meets year-old Thomas Blessing. He also begets a son whose genes have been altered by the Gort. It is revealed that the Falling of was deliberately caused by a conspiracy to save humanity from an otherwise inevitable apocalyptic ending. In none of these volumes is the Falling unambiguously stated to be a nuclear war, but it seems likely.
Barr, Densil N[eve] [pseud. The Man with Only One Head. A cobalt bomb detonated under mysterious circumstances by the U. Lacking the deterrent of unwanted pregnancy, the World Federation of Nations makes adultery a capital crime and stupidly condemns the one man who can perpetuate the race. He escapes to live secretly in Brazil, and fertility is restored to all men by the discovery of a new medical treatment. The book is essentially a satire, particularly ridiculing a big newspaper editor who says, alarmed: The author also mocks the notion, common to several other novels, that the world will be improved by a nuclear catastrophe.
The captain forstalls problems by rigidly separating men and women for three years until Earth has recovered sufficiently to land. He then rather surprisingly promulgates a set of utopian regulations requiring nudity, free sex, communal child-rearing, a deistic civil religion, and an ideal communist economy. Traditional religions are banned, as are competitive sports and gambling. Breaches of the law are to be punished with death.
It is hoped that the ruthless execution of all violent individuals will result in the breeding of a new, peaceful race of humanity. The only dissenter to these proposals is a priest who later turns out to be the murderer of two of their number. He is trying to keep secret the fact that he once raped a child. Most of the narrative focuses on the sexual tensions and jealousies of the survivors, who quickly revert to monogamy the captain first of all, oddly enough.
Earth has been transformed: The planet now resembles the land of Oz in that almost everything they encounter is good to eat. The most dangerous animal they find is a huge, unfeathered duck. This summary may give the impression that the work is a simple anti-utopian satire, but the impression one gets from reading it is more ambiguous.
One of the more implausible and poorly written of these books. City of the First Time. Three thousand survivors of a March Armageddon are threatened in their deep underground shelter by the progressive failure of seals in layers above them. They explore a connecting network of caves, stumbling upon a subterranean city of telepathic survivors of an ancient atomic war predating humanity.
Both races were planted on Earth by spacefaring aliens. Fighting breaks out and all seems lost, but the hope is asserted that in the distant future—even though yet another race will probably fight yet another apocalyptic atomic war—the path to peaceful coexistence will be discovered. Sequel to Through Darkest America. More brutal adventures in postholocaust America, principal emphasis is on systematic cannibalism in the wake of the death of most animals. New American Library In England under Russian occupation, the resistance hatches a plot to assassinate the Communist leaders with a smuggled atom bomb.
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The latter is about to agree as the story ends. Conflicts in Central America and the Mideast lead to a nuclear war and the collapse of civilization. A veteran of the Marine Air Corps struggles his way though the skeleton-littered ruins in search of his ex-wife and children, killing feral cats and dogs and savage humans. In New Orleans he battles the black supremacist leader of a cannibalistic cult which blames whites for the war.
Consists mainly of brutal combat scenes featuring bizarre opponents: Having defeated a black racist cult, the hero now battles a white racist dictatorship led by his former father-in-law. He organizes a Nightmen army to destroy the dictatorship. At the end of the novel he is joined by an Apache woman who promises to become an interesting companion. Basile, Gloria Vitanza pseud. Eye of the Eagle: This absurd thriller details an enormous conspiracy which culminates in the obliteration of the Middle East through nuclear bombing.
Practically no attention is paid to the consequences of the bombing, and those consequences mentioned are absurd: The narrative is unusual in that the holocaust is presented first, in a prologue, followed by the intrigue which leads up to it. Reads like a parody of the typical macho thriller, peppered with violence, obscenities, and ersatz French and German. This is the first in a series of thrillers by Basile with the overall title Global This concluding volume of the trilogy begins during World War E Jones is mentioned in passing but never dealt with.
The last part of the novel is set shortly after the limited nuclear war of Eye of the Eagle, and deals with the crushing of a world-spanning conspiracy. Very little more is said about nuclear war. A cult called the retreatists arises which reveres Ralph Nader and opposes high technology. On the eve of the Death, an international expedition is sent to explore a mysterious asteroid, which turns out to come from the future, bearing a warning of the holocaust about to occur. Efforts to avert the impending catastrophe fail because of international distrust in particular the stubborn dogmatism of the Russians.
However, the asteroid also turns out to be a gateway linking the solar system to a vast intergalactic network, and also providing access to alternate worlds. Although the destruction of our Earth cannot be prevented, various characters are able to escape to alternate worlds at the end of the novel. A spectacular high-tech space adventure reminiscent of Rendezvous with Rama, but with more memorable characters, including its intelligent and capable female protagonist. Science Fiction Book Club, The holocaust is almost skipped over; and in the end powerful aliens undo it, so that all is as if it had never occurred.
The Forge of God. Nuclear weapons used by humans against the invaders have little effect. This second volume of a Christian apocalyptic fantasy trilogy begins by repeating the account of the Indian-Pakistani one-day nuclear war depicted at the end of the first volume. At the end of the first volume of this Christian apocalyptic fantasy series, an attempt by Russia to launch an all-out strike against Israel and most of the rest of the Middle East is miraculously foiled—the missiles detonate over Russia instead.
The explosions are vividly described. Over million die. In Judith Merril, ed. A sketch in the form of three biographical entries. During the Second Great Alert of , the rest of the population refused to go below, but the Irreconcilables did so and led a life of luxury underground while the world above was devastated. Gone to Be Snakes Now. In a degraded postholocaust community, a rebellious young boy flees the tyranny of his elders and the cruelty of a mutant monster to seek out the mysterious Technologists who drop supplies from time to time.
He encounters the mad Dr. Strontium and his half-snake assistant and learns a good deal about nuclear war and the effects of fallout. He fails in his quest for the Technologists, finding only a pitiful handful of elderly refugees instead. Cancer is depicted as commonplace and dealt with at length. Last Human Pair on Earth: The Whirling of Ideas. The author, a specialist in rejuvenation through gland therapy, expresses his ideas on all manner of subjects. Nazis are depicted as literal demons, allied with Communists.
Fission is a love affair between particles. The author is against abortion and for the right of doctors to advertise and practice unconventional medicine in hospitals. He spends one long chapter railing against the medical establishment. The book ends with a sketch of Earth history which diagnoses war as caused by hereditary insanity. After the atomic bomb is used in World War II, the human race fails to abandon the idea of national sovereignty—which might have saved it.
Dictatorships launch an attack using, among other weapons, syphilis. Scientists, having split the atom, go on to split atomic particles, producing a superbomb which blasts the Earth into fragments. On one of these fragments survives the last human pair: They hope to found a new, peaceful civilization. Across the Sea of Suns. When alien sea monsters appear on Earth, an expedition travels to nearby stars to discover their source.
The explorers discover that world after world has been destroyed in a similar fashion: The narrative suggests that most races end their lives through nuclear war. A pessimistic view of intelligent life as inevitably suicidal. One of the best hard science fiction novels of recent years. Sequel to Great Sky River. No direct references to nuclear war. The story is told in the voices of various survivors, including members of a group which shelters in an idle nuclear reactor when the nuclear war is begun by the deranged leader of a small nation, causing each superpower to believe it has been struck first by the other, using missiles smuggled near the shore in fishing boats.
The Russians avoided exceeding the limit which would trigger a full-scale nuclear winter by making extensive use of biological weapons. The space colonies survive to rule the Earth and ban further wars. The Long Way Back. Sidgwick and Jackson, Heavily ironic but thoughtful tale in which a reindustrialized Africa which has forgotten the nuclear wars which ended the previous civilization has reinvented the bomb. An expedition is sent to barbarian Britain to prepare the way for colonization and exploitation of its coal mines.
After dangerous encounters with wild dogs, various mutated monsters, and savage whites, the expedition becomes involved in a quest for a fabled city of gold which turns out to have been destroyed in the ancient war. The date on the last roofed building is Contains the love story of the courageous hero with the domineering female expedition leader.
He shows her her need to be protected. For more than a century the world is wrapped in nuclear winter. The bulk of the novel is a series of brief comic sketches, loosely held together by the story of an expedition to another planet which it is hoped might replace the frozen Earth. At one point the Japanese use a plutonium mini-bomb designed to produce precisely as many casualties as the Hiroshima bomb. When the warning comes of a Russian sneak attack, several fashionable couples, their servants, and four poor children take refuge in an elaborate supershelter designed as a Roman villa six hundred feet underground.
The characters deliberately avoid discussing the plight of the world over their heads. Most of the novel, in the form of a journal kept by one of the women, details the various love affairs in which they engage. Most of the book resembles a subterranean soap opera, with scant attention to the effects of the war above. In the end, after more than a year underground, they seem doomed to perish there, and the narrator doubts whether there is a future for the human race. The Sun Grows Cold. A well-written thriller in which a rebellious man suffering from amnesia is restored to sanity, only to discover that a nuclear war has destroyed most of humanity and driven insane much of the remainder.
Small, uncontaminated Pioneer Zones are being settled by the benevolent scientific dictatorship which rules from underground shelters, linked by safe corridors along which bandit Ghouls prey on wandering Gypsies. Accompanied by his faithful lover who, unbeknownst to him, was his wife in his previous existence , he has various adventures, discovering at last that the amnesia with which he and so many others are afflicted was art ficially induced and that he was a leader of the nation.
Unable to face this horror, he requests a second treatment and is restored to being a mindless, contented conformist. Part originally in The Agni Review. A young jazz musician and a black engineer cross America after a nuclear war kills off almost everyone else, living at first on roaches and roasted rats. They encounter a dictatorial slave society set up by remnants of the U. Interwoven in the text is a good deal of information about various time capsules.
In Frederik Pohl, ed. The Eighth Galaxy Reader. They resolve the dispute by bombing their own; the U. The Third War to End All World Wars provides the backdrop for this typical tale of struggle against an Orwellian dictatorship in The high proportion of defective offspring after the war leads to the imposition of a strict, class-based form of birth control. A psychiatrist assigned to track down deviants seeks instead to preserve creativity and individualism, rebels and joins the underground just as a devastating nuclear war breaks out between the Eastern and Western Federations, which control the world between them.
The underground creates a superior strain of the human race free from warlike instincts using technology developed to provide android pet substitutes for childless couples this aspect of the book is strikingly similar to the theme of Philip K. The rebels go literally underground in their base on the Isle of Man, to wait out the holocaust. They emerge to inherit the Earth with their peaceloving children when the old human race has destroyed itself. There are some striking images of the war damage, such as a moving sidewalk carrying its freight of newly dead passengers ever onward.
The battle features atomic cannon and shells. The protagonist and his wife do not kill his supervisor, as Tuck states; he dies accidentally, but under circumstances which lead them to be accused of murder. Star Science Fiction Stories No. Also in Alfred Bester. Also in The Light Fantastic. Whiting and Wheaton, Also in Tom Boardman, Jr. Also in Roger Mansfield, ed. Greenberg and Patricia S.
Also in Barry N. The End of Summer. A humorous tale in which time travel into imaginary pasts develops as a form of battle fatigue during The War for the American Dream, which involves, among other actions, the plastering of both the U. Most of the story takes place in an underground military hospital. Also in Anthony Boucher, ed. A Treasury of Great Science Fiction. This classic science fiction novel of the quest of Gully Foyle for revenge against the spaceship which ignored his call for distress is punctuated by a nuclear attack on Earth and Mars by the outer satellites.
The only witnesses are a young woman, blind to all save the infrared, who loves the spectacle, and Foyle, who loves her. A similar attack on Mars results in its satellite Phobos being turned into a small sun. The novel also features PyrE, the ultimate weapon and source of the Big Bang which began the universe.
One character is a healthy but intensely radioactive man who kills plants by merely touching them and must kiss a woman through three inches of lead plate glass. In The Dark Side of Earth. Also in Avram Davidson, ed. An attempt at a humorous treatment of the last man and woman theme. Both characters seem to be slightly insane. For some mysterious reason, the man is not at all interested in the attractive young woman who keeps throwing herself at him, but instead wants to continue on his quest for someone who can operate a broadcast studio so that he can watch television.
In the end, the fear that the Earth has been invaded by giant mantises probably the result of a hallucination, although this is far from clear stimulates their passions and they make love. Much stress on casual nudity throughout. If this is a satire, its point is unclear. Four Japanese Plays of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.