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After Things Fell Apart (Fragmented America)

2.94 of 5 stars 2.94  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Science fiction paperback with alternative cover of robots cleaning up is a satire featuring The Amateur Mafia, Lady Day Raiders, aging rock stars, etc.
Paperback, 189 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Berkley (first published 1970)
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The book contains a Science Fiction Book Club mail-in offer and two cigarette ads ((view spoiler)), which feels right because the whole thing really is the product of another generation. I don't know much about the San Francisco Bay Area of the 1970's, and kept wondering if the satirical elements would be more meaningful with that kernel of understanding. Does this represent the countercultural elements run...more
This book was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for a post-apocalyptic wasteland tale of strange bands of survivors. This book is not post-apocalyptic. The future is a little run-down and strange, but it is hardly post-apoc. Also, it was terribly written. Normally I'm not one for description and exposition, but I could barely tell what was going on, because there was no real explanation of anything! The book was only 180 pages; would it have killed the author to bump that to maybe 250 and a...more
Funny funny book.

It is certainly written in it's time. There are a lot of words from the time, that are not very correct to use any more, however, the characters are just as open-minded as they should be, even today. Or tomorrow.

This was a decent read, but too much satire for me. I liked some of the vignettes from dystopoian California, but the story had too much satire for me, and not enough meat on the bone dystopia. A quick read, too.
Ron Goulart is a prolific pulp writer. The 28 books that I've read by him so far can be described in similar terms. See my review of "Wildsmith".
A fragmented America of the future. A melancholy adventure story with skillfully deployed humor. Not quite thought provoking, but enjoyable enough.
T. Mike
Somewhat amusing satire on a fractured California divided into tiny fiefdoms. The more California you know, the funnier it probably is.
Utterly forgettable.
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Ron Goulart (b. 1933) is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels an...more
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