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The Return

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Out of contact with Earth for years, the seven-man crew believed their aborted space flight had lasted for six decades; they were resigned to the fact that their wives and children would be long dead, yet they were eager to set foot on familiar ground, to fit back into the world they had left behind. But what awaited them on their fateful return was far from familiar. The ...more
paper back, 240 pages
Published 1988 by BMI
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Jason Mills
Nov 01, 2009 Jason Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pessimists, optimists, SF readers
A bunch of astronauts return to Earth after a time-dilated voyage. In the decades that have passed back home, civilization has collapsed and the remnants of humanity are (young) savages whose lives are nasty, brutish and short.

Our appalled heroes attempt to put humanity back on its feet. They take wives, introduce weapons and other basic technology, and try to build and maintain a secure community against the attacks from other tribes. They struggle to make any impact and the futility of their e
Feb 18, 2008 Deana rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, read-owned, 4-5stars

I really wasn't expecting anything good from this book, but was quite pleasantly surprised. The book had a very interesting concept - some scientists went into space and got lost, and due to the differences in space-time that we already know about, and a thing called "refraction" of space which (as far as I know) the author just made up so that the book would make sense - but anyway, due to these things, rather than coming back 60 years in the future (when by their time they had been gone about
Dec 10, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and really could have kept reading it for many many more pages. I loved the main characters - they were very smart and I love the way they interacted with each other. (view spoiler) ...more
Andy Phillips
Oct 03, 2014 Andy Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A group of astronauts undertake a space voyage expecting to arrive home in a few years. Due to unexpected effects involving time dilation, several hundred years have passed by the time they return, and the Earth has reverted to a second Stone Age. This reminded me a bit of the original 'Planet of the Apes' film without the simians. I can't really say much about what happens for the rest of the book, but they attempt to adjust to life in this new society while speculating about what happened.

In a
Carly Kirk
So I got this book because I thought I had read it and liked it... turns out, nope, I hadn't read it before and I didn't enjoy it at all...
This was rather tedious at first with lots of testosterone driven descriptions of fighting, etc. By the end it got better but never got to the re-building of civilization point which I enjoy. Instead we have a lot of discovery of what earth is now like and some philosophizing on how and why it all fell apart. A bit of a lecture on man's arrogance and disregard for nature. p.173: "the shadows lengthened...and those shadows were those of the failed aspirations of mankind, greed, and vanity, ambit ...more
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