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Earth Abides Paperback – March 28, 2006
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But it's Stewart's refusal to tread the usual Golden Age sci-fi path and make Ish a superscience hero that makes the novel very special. Ish may be a scientist, he's academically bright, but like many people he's low in energy, street-smarts, and foresight. By and large his motley clan possesses even lower survival skills. They aren't much different from the Valley Girls in another good story in the end-of-the-world genre, the movie NIGHT OF THE COMET. Both are based on an understanding that if the human race's average IQ is 100, half the people who are likely to survive a major disaster aren't going to be awfully competent. Stewart certainly knew that, and it provided both the uncanny realism and the rather depressing pessimism of this story. It's fascinating to note that the other reviewers have noted both aspects of EARTH ABIDES.
The protagonist Isherwood suffers from the same disease that afflicts even the best of men - he lacks direction, loses initiative, becomes too preoccupied with the daily stresses of living and watches his life trickle away in the post apocalyptic environment without ever seeming to summon the right kinds of ambitions to carry out his grand dreams of rebuilding the old world.
Stewart was quite prophetic considering when this book was written because many modern anthropologists have since confirmed that many previous civilizations have died out precisely because of this "critical threshold" of the division of labor and sheer numbers of vanished races being too low to sustain a breeding population and achieve the critical mass that leads to a progress oriented civilization. Stewart was very perceptive too be able to articulate this phenomenon and even narrate its exact trajectory following the loss of so many people who were vital components in the world that Isherwood regrets the demise of.Read more ›
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A post holocaust story with a deep philosophical perspective about what makes a good society. The way the author imagines the world re-adapting to reality with little human... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Leslie Carrasco
This book makes you think. Enjoyable to read. One of the few books I have read more than once.Published 3 days ago by B. Brown
A non-dystopian future history with a deep philosophical base.Published 4 days ago by James W. Mccully
I'm 38 years old. This is the only book I read in high school that I actually enjoyed (outside of mythology that is). I had forgotten the title but I never forgot the story. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Shane F.
It is a great novel...... it makes you think of how things could be if something happened to the human race due to a virus. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jeanette Wendt-Orme
I don't read much science fiction but both my sister and a library friend recommended it. Wow! Not what I was expecting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PeggyZ
Read this book when I was young and loved it.Just reread it and it's just as good as the first time.Published 1 month ago by Lindy68