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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671721399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671721398
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born toward the end of the Jurassic Period and raised in New Jersey where I misspent my youth playing with matches, poring over Uncle Scrooge and E.C. comics, reading Lovecraft, Matheson, Bradbury, and Heinlein, listening to Chuck Berry and Alan Freed, and watching Soupy Sales and horror movies. I sold my first story in the Cretaceous Period and have been writing ever since. (Even that dinosaur-killer asteroid couldn't stop me.)

I've written in just about every genre - science fiction, fantasy, horror, a children's Christmas book (with a monster, of course), medical thrillers, political thrillers, even a religious thriller (long before that DaVinci thing). So far I've got about 33 books and 100 or so short stories under my name in 24 languages.

THE KEEP, THE TOMB, HARBINGERS, and BY THE SWORD all appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List. WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS won the first Prometheus Award in 1979; THE TOMB received the Porgie Award from The West Coast Review of Books. My novelette "Aftershock" received the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction. DYDEETOWN WORLD was on the young adult recommended reading lists of the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, among others (God knows why). I received the prestigious Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon and the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention. I'm listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who's Who in America. (That plus $3 will buy you a girly coffee at Starbuck's.)

My novel THE KEEP was made into a visually striking but otherwise incomprehensible movie (screenplay and direction by Michael Mann) from Paramount in 1983. My original teleplay "Glim-Glim" first aired on Monsters. An adaptation of my short story "Menage a Trois" was part of the pilot for The Hunger series that debuted on Showtime in July 1997.

And then there's the epic saga of the Repairman Jack film. After 14 years in development hell with half a dozen writers and at least a dozen scripts, THE TOMB is finally moving toward production as "Repairman Jack" from Beacon Films and Touchstone. The plan is to make Jack a franchise character. (Gotta tell you: all the years of this has worn me out.)

I've done a few collaborations too. One with Steve Spruill on NIGHTKILL, and a bunch with Matthew J. Costello. Matt and I did world design, characters, and story arcs for Sci-Fi Channel's FTL NewsFeed, a daily newscast set 150 years in the future. An FTL NewsFeed was the first program broadcast by the new channel when it launched in September 1992. We took over scripting the Newsfeeds (the equivalent of a 4-1/2 hour movie per year) in 1994 and continued until its cancellation in December 1996.

We did script and design for MATHQUEST WITH ALADDIN (Disney Interactive - 1997) with voices by Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters, and the same for The Interactive DARK HALF for Orion Pictures, based on the Stephen King novel, but this project was orphaned when MGM bought Orion. (It's officially vaporware now.) We even wrote a stageplay, "Syzygy," which opened in St. Augustine, Florida, in March, 2000.

I'm tired of talking about myself, so I'll close by saying that I live and work at the Jersey Shore where I'm usually pounding away on a new Repairman Jack novel and haunting eBay for strange clocks and Daddy Warbucks memorabilia. (No, we don't have a cat.)

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By the way, this book is also top-notch science fiction.
Paul Stanko
Kind of a silly statement---"this book changed my life!"---but it's literally true.
Jason P Friesen
Wilson paints a vista much wider in scope than the limits of the story.
Alexander E. Paulsen

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary P. Campbell on June 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
In the tradition of other scifi authors who create an entire "history of the future", like Larry Niven's Known Space, Herbert's Dune, Asimov's Empire and Foundation, and Heinlein's Future History, F. Paul Wilson creates a timeline one thousand years long, interweaving two main movements -- one which follows a single man, Steven Dart, and one which follows a single ideology, the LaNague Federation.
This book is actually the incorporation of two novels with several short stories, set in the same timeline (and presented in chronological order, similar to Heinlein's The Past Through Tomorrow). An Enemy of the State, which you can find as a standalone novel in used book stores, tells of the bloodless, economic revolution which brought about the LaNague Federation. Wheels Within Wheels tells of a ruthless revolt =against= the LaNague Federation, to dismantle its protection of free trade and freedom from taxes.
The short story series centers around Steven Dart, aka The Healer, a man who finds himself become potentially immortal through a chance encounter with an alien which takes up residence in his body with him. He is little touched by the politics and economics of the LaNague Federation - he is interested in pursuing ideas and extending knowledge. He finds there is something else out there which threatens humanity's existence. A strange disease called "the horrors" strikes people at random, turning normal people into terrified catatonics; Steven finds that his alien symbiote can help him destroy this disease, individual by individual, but later he comes up against the source of this plague itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - Wilson draws you on, leaving questions open, forcing you to read further so that you can find out how things develop. If you like the idea of building a universe and exhaustively playing around in it, this book is for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stanko on December 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
F. Paul Wilson is my favorite author (and Repairman Jack is my favorite fictional character) so I have made it a point of late to seek out older, out-of-print works by Dr. Wilson to read between his new releases. I was fortunate enough to find a used copy of this book through Amazon and have thoroughly enjoyed the read.
For those of you familiar only with Paul's current works, this book answers the question of how things might be if humankind abandoned its socialist/statist tendencies and embraced a philosophy of true freedom. This is Peter LaNague's lifelong goal. It is also the kind of world in which Repairman Jack (and I, for that matter) would prefer to live. Imagine a time when the planets of "occupied space" are loosely confederated according to their common economic and security interests, but without the central control and coercion we have in today's world (in every country, to a greater or lesser degree). Government (such as it is) takes no more than 5% of income, and in return does only that which it should do, which is very, very little. Free trade and market forces determine outcomes (as should be the case) rather than government policies. There is no legislature, because people should not be making rules for each other. Citizens are bound by a social contract among themselves. The LaNague Chronicles is must reading for political scientists, politicians (not that they would change their evil ways), and all of us working stiffs who keep the world turning despite well-meaning (?) meddling by the powers that be.
If you believe in true Freedom, you will find yourself at the end of this book wishing that you could step into F. Paul Wilson's future world.
By the way, this book is also top-notch science fiction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Brown on May 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
To add a slight correction to some of the reviews.

This book contains the 3 previous LaNague Federation novels, no short stories. It contains "An Enemy of the State", "Wheels Within Wheels", and "Healer". Because Healer is set over a very long time period (the main character is pretty much immortal), Healer was chopped up into about 5-6 shorter parts and set around Enemy and Wheels in chronological order. So its incorrect to state this work contains short stories.

There ARE several short stories set in the LaNague universe, but none appear here. They are listed in the intro to the book. 3 appear in Wilson's collection "Soft and Others". Uncertain where the others appear in terms of collections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Dowell on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
You'll be hooked from the start.
This book has a lot to teach people about real life without being too cynical and nasty. The story is engaging with enough grounding in the truth of modern politics and government to be a believable future possibilty. One of the best books I have read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book sucked me in. A combination of some of his earlier sci-fi books, it describes a complex and fascinating universe, with an intricate plot spanning millenia. Loved this book. Had some political philosophy mixed in, interesting. Closest I could come to describe it is extreme libertarian or a combo of anarchy and capitalism.
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