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Inter Ice Age 4 Paperback – August 1, 1981
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If someone asked me what is his best novel, I'd say it's "Box Man", but "Inter-Ice age 4" is his novel I enjoyed the most. Like "Face of Another", it's a suspense story and easy to read. Its theme, the present is to be judged by its future, is clear, too. Also, I particularly like its prologue and epilogue; they're very poetic.
Abe is probably best known by his deep thinking and explosive creativity, but he is an excellent Sci-Fi writer, too. Abe's philosophical works are good to read, but his entertaining works are also fun to read. I feel "Inter Ice age 4" is under-evaluated (in Japan, too).
Yes, "Inter Ice age 4" is my best favorite.
This novel is surprisingly fresh for a novel that was written in 1958. The topics covered--AI computers, genetic engineering, and global warming are all very current. The story spirals to a tense conclusion, so the reader is pulled in. The story also has a strong psychological edge. It explores the difference between what a person wants to do and what a person has to do. Also, it brings up a lot a questions about the nature of the future. Can people in the present judge the future? Abe argues that the future cannot be judged. In Abe's words, who could say whether the people from the past would consider our present a heaven or a hell. Only the present can judge the past, not vice versa.
For those who aren't sure where this fits into science fiction, I think I could recommend this to fans of Phillip Dick. It has a similar dark undertone with a strong psychological basis.