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Twilight World

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"The time is shortly after the great nuclear spasm: in all the world there is nothing but ruin, famine, barbarism. Worst of all, residual radiation is causing an ever increasing rate of abnormal births. The human race is doomed to slow extinction, but among the ever increasing number of mutants a few are not less but more than what came before." And these. "An apocalyptic ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published by Tor Books (first published 1961)
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Denis
Jul 29, 2016 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover, b-c
First published in 1961 as a book club hardcover, it is actually a 'fix-up' novel composed of earlier stories with new material added:

"Tomorrow's Children" (1947) with F. N. Waldrop
"Chain of Logic" (1947)
"Children of Fortune" (1961)
"Epilogue" (1961)

The whole is built upon two 'base' post atom bomb apocalyptic stories (published only two years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki). It is a story of life after a global-wide event, where there are few survivors and many are born physically mutated. Ine
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Arthur
Mar 24, 2015 Arthur rated it it was amazing
This book was remarkable. Especially on how Poul Anderson (the author) managed to explain details and expression. Sure, granted the ideas are badly outdated or much of it was insignificant then. At times it felt encrypted and at times it felt clear. However it's a fantasy about human civilization surviving a nuclear fall out and this particular book was published in 1961. What that means is that most of the ideas are from the 50's of what the world would look like if it survived a nuclear ...more
Johann
Nov 10, 2015 Johann rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books. Read it when I was young as part of a stack of books I got from my dads collection. Something about picturing him reading sci-fi at night under the covers with a flashlight may have made me love this book.

It's a quick read and something about it speaks to me. Brilliant.
Howard Brazee
Jun 03, 2015 Howard Brazee rated it it was ok
The novel is based upon ideas about mutations that were out of date when it was written when I was a school kid.
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Shelves: science-fiction
Shallow/unrealistic characters, uninspired plot, predictable. The writing itself was fine, though.
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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