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Ice and Iron

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Fisher Yann Highsmith is a scientist stationed, with a few colleagues, on the edge of an ice field, recording its relentless growth & the destruction of life in its path. In the midst of this frozen & abandoned landscape the team recovers a weird assortment of artifacts that seem to appear out of thin air. Highsmith fits them together into a fantastic theory of ano...more
Hardcover, 1st, 181 pages
Published October 1974 by Doubleday (Garden City, NY) (first published 1974)
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Thin book, quick read. Aspects of time travel (Mesopotamian bricks?) and climate change and gynarchy; I really liked the alternating chapters. Some chapters mention the events of other chapters but from a different perspective - I've always been a sucker for that. Also, the main character (Fisher) is quite humorous at times.

Drawbacks - the story ends somewhat abruptly, with no real resolution.

Bonus - the supporting character who mentions the research of Charles Fort. More well known today than i...more
Erik Graff
Aug 05, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sf fans
Recommended to Erik by: The Science Fiction Book Club
Shelves: sf
I've been doing GoodReads reviews on both ends, covering books as they're finished and working from lists of books completed that have been maintained since 1974, occasionally going back even further from memory and in reference to a bibliographical cardfile maintained since 1970/71 or so. So doing, I began by favoring serious literature and non-fiction books. I have recently tried to include more science fiction novels and collections as they constitute so very much of the reading actually perf...more
The time might well be today in this intriguing science fiction tale in which the vagaries of weather open the door to an unknown civilization from the past - or is it the future? Across the globe a new ice age is encroaching. From Alberta to Ontario most of Canada is deserted, its people resettled in the southern United States and Mexico, while mile by mile, century by century, the glacier grinds down their former homes. Fisher Yann Highsmith is a scientist stationed, with a few colleagues, on...more
Men in the far future develop a technological weapon that entirely eliminates the body. Bodies vanish with no energy shed like they were burned. The weapon actually shifts the mass to another point in the universe, into the past, so there is no loss of energy to the whole universe. While the technology is exotic the culture is primitive and uses the weapon with no thought to its consequences because they do not understand the concept of thermodynamics or the conservation of energy.

In the story's...more
Silly little book. Almost awesome. It was missing something, I'm not sure exactly what. Enjoyable but not worth much comment.
This books mixes SF and fantasy well. A new ice age strikes, and weird things begin to appear suggesting another, parallel universe. The idea is great, the story is not quite as strong as the idea. But together they work pretty well.
Dec 28, 2011 Henry rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: time-travel
This is probably one of the worse books I ever read. Normally I put the book down when they are this bad, but I didn't think it could get any worse. I was wrong
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Arthur Wilson "Bob" Tucker (November 23, 1914 – October 6, 2006) was an American mystery, action adventure, and science fiction writer, who wrote as Wilson Tucker.

He was also a prominent member of science fiction fandom, who wrote extensively for fanzines under the name Bob Tucker, a family nickname bestowed in childhood.

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