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A Secret History of Time to Come

2.95  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The time is perhaps centuries from now. No one keeps track of years anymore. The place is the USA, tho it no longer has a name. Kincaid, a man dressed in animal skins, is pushing his way thru an endless dense forest. He carries a worn piece of paper covered with a net of colored lines, lines that seem to relate in some way to the land & crumbling ruins glimpsed thru th ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published October 1st 1979 by Alfred A. Knopf (NYC)
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Erik Graff
Aug 17, 2011 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sf fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Post-apocalyptic novels are one of my favorite sub-genres, perhaps because I grew up with every expectation of biochemical or nuclear war, environmental or economic collapse. This is one of the better novels of the kind I've read.
Mar 09, 2009 Terry rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
I kept starting to put this book down and move on to something else. The writing isn't especially good but the story itself kept hooking me back (and I didn't have anything else on tap to replace it). A couple of the characters are pretty well drawn (Kincaid, Glyn), but beyond that it's all plot.
Simon Mcleish
Oct 08, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in January 2001.

A double apocalypse hits the US in the early eighties in this science fiction novel. First, racial tension escalates into civil war between black and white; then, Russian and Chinese bombs destroy the cities when it looks as though the blacks are going to win. There follows a dark age of hundreds of years, during which the existence of men with dark skin is seen as one of the many unbelievable myths about the times of the ancients.

The narrativ
Jeffrey Engel
Dec 13, 2015 Jeffrey Engel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Michael Miller
I was a bit influenced by various reviews before and while I was reading this story. The half-hearted and below average descriptions almost made me put the book down, but something kept me going. As I came to the end of the story, I started wonder if people actually read the story from beginning to end. I know a lot of people read really fast. I'm not sure if it's an advanced form of reading or outright skimming, but if you do that, you will lose lot of the "message" behind this story. There is ...more
Jesse Christopherson
A race war in the early 1980s turns into a global apocalypse and leaves the United States a sparsely populated wasteland.

Several characters have their own, converging, narrative strands. There are moments of beautiful language and ideas that transcend the commonplace plot.

There was an overemphasis on background compared to action, and the story of one of the most interesting characters (and his timeline) dwindles to nothing about halfway through. There is also a supernatural plot device that is
Sol Invictus
Aug 30, 2013 Sol Invictus rated it did not like it
"Science fiction" only in the loosest sense, essentially a white supremacist horror story.

Found this at a used book store. Based on the name and description, I got the impression that this was a novel about nuclear war and its aftermath, like Alas, Babylon or a number of others. It is not. It's about a social collapse predicated on a race war, and basically directly blames black people for destroying society. (So more comparable to the Turner Diaries which helped inspire Timothy McVeigh.) If it
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