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The Answer: A Fable for Our Times

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Originally published in 1955, this enchanting, oftentimes chilling novella tackles a question that has plagued humans since civilization began: How can we live together in peace? As the story opens, the Cold War is in full swing and both the United States and the Soviet Union are frantically and mindlessly developing weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. military is thrown ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 28th 1996 by Audio Literature (first published 1947)
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2.5 stars. Short, antiwar novella from the 1950's about a U.S. nuclear missle tests that results in a single and unusual casualty. The casualty appears to be an angel. The writing was good and the message was nice, but it was not as powerful as I would have hoped. Okay but not great.

P.S. I listended to the audio version and the production value was very good as was the narrator.

This (not very long novella) was separately published in hard covers back in 1955. It's an antiwar fable and has survived the passage of time quite well. After each of two US and Soviet H-bomb tests an injured angel flutters from the sky and dies. Two different political systems must endeavour to cope with the implications, and in the event both fail. In a way Wylie was doing the same sort of thing as I did more recently in my own novel Leaving Fortusa, using fantasy in a sciencefictional settin
THE ANSWER. (1956). Philip Wylie. **.
Philip Wylie was a very popular writer of his time, and came out with this novella right in the midst of the “Cold War,” where it caught everyone’s attention. Read today, you wonder why it caught anyone’s attention, but there you are. It’s only 90 pages long, and in large print, so you can read it in an hour or less. On the copy I read it had praise-blurbs by Bernard Baruch, Milton Eisenhower, Carl Sandburg, and other similar big names. If it came out today,
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Snůška relativně nezáživných kontemplací o humanitě a duchovnu zakódovaná v dobovém, politicky angažovaném sci-fi.
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Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was the son of Presbyterian minister Edmund Melville Wylie and the former Edna Edwards, a novelist, who died when Philip was five years old. His family moved to Montclair, New Jersey and he later attended Princeton University from 1920–1923. He married Sally Ondek, and had one child, Karen, an author who became the inventor of animal "clicker" training. After a d ...more
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