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Vault of the Ages by Poul Anderson
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Jun 27, 2011

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bookshelves: science-fiction, challenge-2012-spring, sf-apocalyptic-and-post-apocalyptic
Read from April 30 to May 02, 2012

This is a post-apocylptic novel written in the 1950s, Science Fiction’s Golden Age. It is set about 500 years after a nuclear holocaust, called “The Doom”, located in what once was the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. People are living primitively. The ruins of the great cities are being mined of concrete and stone to serve present-day needs. The tribe that lives in the cities have more scientific knowledge than do the agricultural and nomadic tribes. A “time vault” has been found in one of the cities; the time vault contains scientific and cultural knowledge from before “The Doom”. Our heroes seek to obtain and use the knowledge from the “time vault” --- both to improve their life and to defend their tribe from other tribes. Obstacles to obtaining and using the knowledge are met and overcome. Overall, this is an excellent “Golden Age”, optimistic Science Fiction novel by one of my favorite science fiction authors. Recommended for those who like optimistic science fiction.

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