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Night of Power

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  264 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The ominous signs could be seen from the beginning. the overpass leading to the FDR Drive was dynamited. Skyscrapers were burning. Everywhere armed bands were roaming, rioting, burning. The long-feared race war had erupted in New York.

Russell Grant, his wife Dena, and their daughter had just arrived in New York from Canada when their car was stopped by street warriors. Fro
Paperback, 287 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Berkley (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
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
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