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Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
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Apr 14, 14

Read in September, 2007

With the expiration of most of earth's population rendering most technological advancements useless and thrusting religion as we know it into obscurity, man has to learn to inhabit, and assign new meaning to, an uncivilized earth. Although a little slow at times, Earth Abides is a thoughtful, eloquently written novel, avoiding many of the pitfalls of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi garbage that it spawned. Written in 1949, it is remarkably apt today, only dating itself at times in its treatment of the sexes. Still, it's a progressive novel even now, and a good reminder of where we come from, soberly presenting the question of whether we're really better off today than we were prehistorically.
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