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The author of the book: Daniel F. Galouye
Date of issue: 1983
ISBN 13: 9780600390251
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The above rating graphic provides a pretty good assessment of my opinion of the story...which stands to reason in a "DUH, thank you Col. Obvious" sorta way since I created it. Well, at the risk of raining down obvious all over you, let me add that this is certainly a book on which I would recommend you take a pass. However, for those of you SF completist, gluttons for punishment or members of the "I think Steve may just be full of shit on this one" club, here is a brief summary of the plot in case you decide to check it out for yourself...but please remember that Mr. FullofShitness has warned you.
Written in 1961, this is another in a seemingly endlessa “post-apocalyptic, future human society, living in the aftermath of the bomb, having forgotten about the past except as legend” SF thriller snooze-fest.
In this iteration, mankind has evolved to live underground in complete darkness to the point where sight is no longer even part of the human vocabulary. For example, if you understood what someone was saying, you might say, “I hear your point” or “I hear it that way too.” Yep, you HEARD me correctly.
Anyway, people move around this underground "masterpiece" (NOTE: to be read with healthy amount of sarcasm) of world-building both through the use of something like sonar and by memorizing their surroundings. The Original World (as our world is referred to) is believed to have been a paradise until it was destroyed by the demon known as Radiation and his two lieutenants, Cobalt and Strontium. Clever, Huh!
Well with this background sloshing around in your head and slowly pickling your brain, you are treated to a coming of age tale in which a member of the underground society becomes obsessed with learning about the outside world and the mystery of “the Light” and “the Darkness” as these are concepts of which his people have no comprehension and view as religious symbols. FYI....a few more somethings that the people in this story have no conception of: interesting dialogue, well-developed or at least interesting personalities, exciting events occurring in the narrative of their lives, insight into the human condition or any originality.
Anyway, not the best book I have ever read...sorry, seems like Col. Obvious just made another appearance. It is saved from earning 1 star for three reasons. First, it was short, only about 200 pages. Second, it wasn't so horrible that I felt personally offended for having picked it up. Three, I had a really good lunch before writing this review and am feeling charitable.
Plus, on the bright side, the book did provide ONE VERY SURPRISING MOMENT. When I first picked it up, the back cover said that the book had been nominated for the Hugo Award in 1961 and I was like......
I guess that's something.
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Read information about the authorDaniel Francis Galouye (11 February 1920, New Orleans, Louisiana – 7 September 1976, New Orleans, Louisiana) was an American science fiction writer. During the 1950s and 1960s, he contributed novelettes and short stories to various digest size science fiction magazines, sometimes writing under the pseudonym Louis G. Daniels.
After Galouye (pronounced Gah-lou-ey) graduated from Louisiana State University (B.A.), he worked as a reporter for several newspapers. During World War II, he served in the US Navy as an instructor and test pilot, receiving injuries that led to later health problems. On December 26, 1945, he married Carmel Barbara Jordan. From the 1940s until his retirement in 1967, he was on the staff of The States Item. He lived in New Orleans but also had a summer home across Lake Pontchartrain at St. Tammany Parish in Covington, Louisiana..
In 1952, he sold his first novelette, Rebirth, to Imagination and then branched out to other digests, including Galaxy Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Between 1961 and 1973, Galoyue wrote five novels, notably Simulacron Three, basis of the movie The Thirteenth Floor and the 1973 German TV miniseries, Welt am Draht (directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder). His first novel, Dark Universe (1961) was nominated for a Hugo.
In 2007, Galouye was named as the recipient of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, which is co-sponsored by the heirs of Paul M.A. Linebarger (who wrote as Cordwainer Smith) and Readercon. The jury for this award recognizes a deceased genre writer whose work should be "rediscovered" by the readers of today, and that newly rediscovered writer is a deceased guest of honor at the following year's Readercon. Galouye was named 6 July 2007 by Barry N. Malzberg and Gordon Van Gelder, speaking on behalf of themselves and the other two judges, Martin H. Greenberg and Mike Resnick.
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