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Todd Strasser

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May 05, 1950

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Todd Strasser is an American author of more than 130 young-adult and middle grade novels and novelizations, some written under the pen names Morton Rue and T.S.Rue


Todd was born in New York City. When he was young his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York (Long Island). Todd went to the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then attended the Wheatley School for junior high and high school. His best subjects were math and science. He also liked to read, but he had trouble with spelling and grammar, and didn't do well in English. His favorite sports were tennis, skiing and fishing. Todd went to college at New York University for a few years, and then dropped out. He lived on a commune, then lived in Europe where he was a street musician.

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Description: At the height of the Cold War my father gave me a remarkable gift, although many decades would pass before I would realize it. By having a bomb shelter built under our home, he provided me with the unique experience that is the basis for FALLOUT. The book is part memoir and part speculative fiction. It is rooted in my experience as a twelve-year-old boy living through the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when our family was the only one in town who actually had a full-scale bomb shelter built beneath our house. Thus, I not only worried along with everyone else in our country about the very real possibility of a nuclear World War Three, but I had to worry about trying to survive in our shelter as well.
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"When 17 year old Ishmael awakens from stasis, he finds himself on board the Pequod along with 3 other nippers – Pip, Gwen, and Queequeg – learning to fish for terrafin. They have signed on to this ship on a distant planet to earn money to rescue t..." Read more of this review »
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"Ishmael and Archie are foster brothers living in the armpit of future Earth, where water is so scarce that it is saved only for drinking and poverty is rampant. They are soon to be parted, each going away to begin work off Earth. Ishmael wakes up..." Read more of this review »
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"For starters such a good book. I thought it was beautifully done.
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“Of course it would be great to sell lots and lots of copies of The Beast of Cretacea. But the bottom line for me is to sell enough copies to convince my publisher to let me do a sequel. I spent three years creating the world of Cretacea and the personalities of all the characters who inhabit it. All I want to do now is go back.”
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