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By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét
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Nov 08, 09


By the Waters of Babylon is a post-apocalyptic short story written in 1937. That's right, a post-apocalyptic story made before the A-bombs were dropped and even before World War II even started. The book is very much ahead of its time, and I respect it for that. However, judging it purely on entertainment value the book fails. It follows a young man as he enters the forbidden "Place of the Gods" which we soon discover is a bombed city. It seems that finding out that it takes place in the future is supposed to be a big surprise, and for the time I suppose that it might have been, but it just seems obvious to the modern reader. Again, By the Waters of Babylon was genius for the time it was written, but now it just seems generic.
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