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- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Venture Press (September 11, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015A2DFLI
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Mark Elver, an M.D. with a heart problem that gives him two years at the most to live, is approached by his PhD friend Joe Heimblatt to be the first human to participate in his space travel experiments. Mark believes Joe has asked because he is `expendable'. Joe assures him his other qualifications are even more important - his medical training, his hunting enthusiasm and more, and especially because he is highly observant. Furthermore he suggests his condition might even be cured. Totally skeptical Mark consents to see already successful attempts with animals. Finally convinced, he agrees, a site is selected and he is projected four hundred eighty years but to the identical place from which he was launched. He is astounded to discover all is totally changed. He meets the first humans which consist of a probable fourteen year old girl acting as mother to a slightly younger boy and two very young children living in complete squalor in a large house. They remember some words and convey to him a message of danger associated with bright daylight and of an animal that roams at night. With time he discovers the house contains many workable appliances and with a trip to what is left of the closest city, he finds supplies of medicine, clothes, and more with which he returns and cleans up the house and its inhabitants. He also discovers a telephone of sorts and contacts some unknown person who tells him he can be picked up and delivered to `civilization'. He does, is transported, his heart problem is corrected, and he is provided with the necessities for life in this new environment. He learns that another space traveler had preceded him and had gone on to the moon. The description was of Joe, so he decides to travel there. He arrives, finds Joe and their journey becomes even more frenetic and fraught with danger.
Discussion: The author has provided a most thought provoking scenario where the protagonist moves from the world as we know it to one involving space travel, health monitoring and correcting machines and numerous other scientific marvels, However, all of the human emotions remain, although varied according to area involved. In one, no knowledge exists outside one's assigned work, art is replaced by abstract color displays, few can read and there are no competitive games so jealousy, friction and discontent have been removed and a free and equal, classless, society has emerged where tension, strife and fear have been replaced completely by senseless joy, ecstasy and ?boredom? Another will be dominated by complete class distinction, constant tension, hatred, cruelty and abject fear. The manner in which the protagonist and his buddie manage their journey through these parameters presents a fascinating story leading to a finale that explains an observation made much earlier by Joe to Mark.
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Strong characters,great plot. How dare these jerks DEMAND I write a certain number of words, what nerve,
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