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The first hint that Earthman had that aliens had come to their planet was a catastrophic one. Suddenly, without warning, all the atomic weapons and fissionable material on Earth were blown up. Panic, death and chaos reigned for months before things began to get back under control.

By that time reports were already coming in of five mysterious star-shaped cities scattered ov
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158 pages
Published 1965 by Ace
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 19, 2014

This is another one of those plot-driven bks that I have very little to say about that wdn't amt to spoiling it. The time appears to be the near future (as of 1965 when the bk was published). There're a few futuristic touches like "panic sprays", perhaps placed like sprinklers, capable of subduing the riotous. There's been a disaster wch the reader already knows about if they've read the blurb on th
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Sean McLachlan
Even leading authors can be hit or miss, and the author of the landmark Stand on Zanzibar misses with Day of the Star Cities.
Alien cities have appeared all over the globe at the same instant that all fissile material explodes. Humanity is left in a warring, chaotic post-apocalyptic world while a new religion develops centered around the hidden aliens. There's also a lucrative black market in alien artifacts and a devoted international team of scientists trying to figure out what's going on.
The i
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A little too short, a little too confusing, not a huge story development, but interesting ideas and good visuals.
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John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College. He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen-name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full-time until 1958. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie Ro ...more

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