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Brother to Dragons

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Born of a crack-addicted mother in a charity ward in Washington, D.C., after the ""crash,"" Job Napoleon Salk is destined to change the world.
Paperback, 261 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Baen (first published 1992)
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Ce roman est une terrifiante anticipation d’un monde où le libéralisme le plus échevelé, et aussi (surtout ?) le désir pour certains de conserver un mode de vie acquis , ont transformé le monde en enfer pour les couches déshéritées de la population (soit environ 99 % de celle-ci). On est loin ici de la science-fiction qui fait rêver à grands coups de voyages dans l’espace, de découvertes scientifiques délirantes, et tout à fait dans une grande tradition d’anticipation sociale qu’on peut faire re ...more
Nicholas Barone
A worthy award winner (1993 John Campbell Memorial). The story follows the life of Job Napoleon Salk - from his near stillbirth, through his early years in an orphange, his childhood on the streets of a post-crash Washington DC, to his time on a TANDI (Toxic and Nuclear Disposal Installation) in Nebraska. Saddled with significant physical deformities and living a life that is often dictated by outside forces, Job makes use of his two assets - a talent for learning languages and a strong survival ...more
Timothy Finucane
This is a short novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. It's not a very optimistic sci-fi story, the world is a pretty grim place unless you're one of the privileged few. The main character Job is someone who is as unlikely hero as they come and the beginning of the book tells of the difficulties he has making his way in the economically devastated world. The final end of the story was both depressing and and encouraging at the same time; as badly as the cards he was dealt were, he was willing to ...more
Jim Mcclanahan
Jan 02, 2011 Jim Mcclanahan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any fan of Charles Sheffield
Recommended to Jim by: Nobody. But the John Campbell award impressed me.
I'm writing this without benefit of a copy of the book in hand. It's a post-apocalyptic tale of society hanging together by a thread after (imagine my surprise) a world-wide economic collapse. The central character, Job, is a seemingly hapless individual with many handicaps. He undergoes a series of horrific misadventures, but ultimately plays a key role in the reshaping of the world.

Pardon the play on words, but I would call this tale one which is possessed of biblical proportions. Each chapter
Ralph McEwen
Like the stars says it was OK. I was expecting more about the saving of the world. I got a life story of a down trodden person after the collapse of the world economy. The characters were not well developed and the story felt flat.
Samuel Proulx
A quick read, with a surprisingly good ending.
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Charles A. Sheffield (June 25, 1935 – November 2, 2002), was an English-born mathematician, physicist and science fiction author. He had been a President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the American Astronomical Society.

His novel The Web Between the Worlds, featuring the construction of a space elevator, was published almost simultaneously with Arthur C. Clarke's novel
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