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Night of Power

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The place: a future New York City torn by racial tension and ripe for rebellion. The revolutionaries have high technology and careful planning on their side, their soldiers are well trained and sworn to secrecy, and their plans are unsuspected . . . until the Night of Power. Caught in the middle of the insurrection are Russell and Dena Grant and their daughter Jennifer, a...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Baen Books (first published 1985)
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I first read one of Spider's short short stories in either
an Analog or a Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine (my dad's hand-me-downs). I do remember it being a Callahan's Crosstime Saloon short, and I was instantly hooked. I couldn't get enough of his stories. Then, in 1986 I read Night Of Power, which was a nakedly ant-American diatribe. Yes, there were Spider's typically interesting thoughts out-loud (one was trying to produce a combination oven - which makes cold things hot - and a freeze...more
Night of Power was a fast, but immensely fun read. Spider Robinson wrote some very entertaining action scenes, witty dialogue and interesting characters (especially Michael and Jennifer). However, I must confess that Night of Power felt somewhat dated and irrelevant. Furthermore, the idea of an armed revolution in New York City was too implausible to believe. Also, I felt that the ending was a disappointment because it felt rushed, didn't mention whether Micheal's rebellion ultimately succeeded...more
Ray Charbonneau
A little dated, but still great.
Outside the Callahan stories and the Stardance trilogy, this is perhaps my favourite Spider Robinson novel. It deals with some very tricky and difficult subject matter, from pornography and racial discrimination to teen sexuality and gun ownership with a degree of intelligence and sensitivity that I truly respect. Amid the backdrop of a gripping story, the author makes us look at where our own civilization is going and what we need to do to treat each other without passing judgment by looking at...more
Xenophon Hendrix
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Another of my Spider Robinson favorites. This is a world in chaos, and a family must fight to stay together, and to stay alive. The world feels very real, and the danger quite immediate. This is another book that I have read again and again.
David Robins
I appreciate the story, but I disagree with the conclusion/message and they're not getting NY or PA.
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Spider Robinson is an American-born Canadian Hugo and Nebula award winning science fiction author. He was born in the USA, but chose to live in Canada, and gained citizenship in his adopted country in 2002.

Robinson's writing career began in 1972 with a sale to "Analog Science Fiction" magazine of a story entitled, "The Guy With The Eyes". His writing proved popular, and his first novel saw print...more
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