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Vanishing Point

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It Happened one night, suddenly, without warning: 90% of the human race disappeared without a trace. Vanished, never to be seen again. There were no portents, no notes, no bodies, no clue as to where they went or whether they would ever come back again. People woke to find their lovers no longer beside them. Children woke to find their parents missing, parents woke to empt...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 15th 1994 by Tor Books
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Melissa McCauley
This book kept me up late reading and I was sorry to see it end, I would like to read a sequel to see what becomes of the characters. It is a rarity in the science fiction world: a novel with well-developed characters with believable motives and a realistic look at love and relationships.

Thirty years after most of the world’s population disappeared, a band of survivors inhabiting the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California try to find the cause of the catastrophe and rebuild a society...more
A very absorbing, thoughtful story set 30 years after the mysterious vanishing of 90% of the population. Centered around two main characters, Nesta is the scientist looking for the cause of the Vanishing and Renzie, fearless and confident leader, cope with loss, loneliness and survival in an uncertain world. Recommended.
What would life be like in a world where 90 percent of the human race disappears overnight? Now what would that world be like 30 years later, when, just as a new generation had asserted itself, aberations and anomalies make that world unstable again? And that's just the beginning of this fine read.

Roessner is a fine word-crafter and an excellent storyteller. The "post-Vanishment" world is well-conceived and believable, and her characters well-developed.

I'd just previously read Susan Randall's W...more
I've become pretty jaded about post-apocalyptic fiction thanks to current trends in YA fiction, simply because the ideas in a lot of it are not particularly striking. But I do love this particularly story when its told well, and Vanishing Point is a great example of that. It's set in my old stomping grounds of Silicon Valley (seriously, about a mile up the street from where I used to live) in the Winchester Mystery House and its environs. I love how it's a multiple generational story, that has a...more
2013: the basic story is very good and can be enjoyed on a basic story level. Like the continuums in the book, though, there are a lot of levels to think about mostly having to do with personal relationships, but also fear, power, reaction to change, the effects of being wrong and office politics.

This book is worth reading over and over because of the complexity of the ideas and the made up language that the author assumes we all get right away--unless she is trying to put the readers in the pl...more
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I thought of this book after I read "The Rapture of Canaan." This is sort of a layman's "Left Behind." It's set in San Jose, mostly at the Winchester Mystery House, where a group of people woke up one day to find that half the world's population had spontaneously disappeared. The group at the mystery House interacts with other groups who were left in other places (an office complex, a movie theater, etc.). Action ranges as far afield as Or...more
Alex Guest
I love this book. First because it starts out totally re-imagining both an apocalypse and the post-apocalyptic struggle, and second because it makes the marvelous Winchester Mystery House into a character that can be appreciated without actually going there. This story carries the essence of "what if" to places you would never imagine on your own. Brilliant.
Quiana Vidal
One of my all-time favorite books. Read it in high school and still regard it with high esteem. Will re-read it, soon.
Such a good book; every few years, when the details get hazy, I re'read the book.
That the Winchester house would be a great place to live after the apocalypse!
Miss Ginny Tea
Great concept. Possibly a bit too sprawling in its scope.
The ending was really good. Interesting book.
Good up til the physics came in.
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Born in San Francisco, Michaela Roessner was raised in (successively) California, New York, Pennsylvania, Thailand, and Oregon. Trained as a visual artist, she holds a BFA in Ceramics from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA in Painting from Lone Mountain College, and exhibits under the name M. M. Roessner-Herman. In 1989, she won the John W. Campbell Award for Best...more
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