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The Long Tomorrow Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004LRPR8I
- Publisher : Phoenix Pick (February 1, 2011)
- Publication date : February 1, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 588 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1612420133
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #674,262 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One of he best aspects of the novel is the world building- the presentations of the different religious sects, and the set piece descriptions of a stoning at revivalist prayer meeting, and an attack by one village community on another where the building of a warehouse becomes a religious flashpoint. There is also a wonderful portrait of the grandmother of one of the boys, whose wistful regrets of the world she knew as a child are one of the motivations for their rebellion.
Also a strength is Leigh Brackett's willingness to avoid pat answers and easy resolutions- but this also contributes to the slowness of the book, and makes the ending somewhat flat.
There are a number of other books with similar settings- Davy by Edgar Pangborn, or A Canticle for Liebowitz, for example. While this book isn't as effective as these, it is still worth reading.
“The Long Tomorrow” is considered a classic of early science fiction writing and, admittedly, some of the writing seems dated. Published in 1955 and written by one of the vanishingly few female SF writers, it’s the story of a young man’s growth to adulthood in a post-nuclear world where U.S. society has suffered great loss and recovered slowly into a quite different place. The Constitution now bans towns of more than 200 buildings, and society considers all technology to be evil, punishable by death. Some elderly people tell what sound like tall tales about enormous buildings and vehicles that fly and lights that burn without candle or oil lamp, but they are adamantly hushed by the new world. The average person fears the science that created such horror. They fear the unknown long-term consequences of the nuclear world. Part of the plot of the last half of the book is coming to grips with that fear.
Clearly “The Long Tomorrow” was written fewer than ten years after the world-changing events of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when Jane Q. Public had no idea how this horrifying power could be contained, or what effect it would have long-term. It reflects a grinding fear of the nuclear world.
Marie Lu’s “Legend” is a relatively recent young adult science fiction novel about a young man and a young woman coming of age in a world of brutal income inequality and ongoing military surveillance and suppression.
So many recent novels (the past ten years, say) have carried this theme. Dystopian. Society has failed. Income equality has destroyed the lives of the average person. The police and military are feared. In some, potable water has begun to run out. In some, lost cities are underwater.
If science fiction truly does reflect the fears of the times, it’s clear to see what we’re afraid of now. We don’t worry much any more about nuclear annihilation, although that’s still a possibility. We worry about the police state, about irreparable environmental damage, about the 1% pulling themselves away behind walls and onto space stations and leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves in a collapsed society.
It’s enlightening to read science fiction, if for no other reason than to be faced with our deepest fears … and our greatest dreams and wildest hopes for the future.
Development is what really drives the story.
Amazing given the time it was written.
This was a naive portrayal of the post-war, but it took the decade of the 50's to impress how horrible nuclear war was.
Brackett may not be the best of the genre, but she was the first . . .
Top reviews from other countries
I strongly recommend this book as such themes raised are as relevant today as when the book is written, and is important as it makes you question different ideas through compelling characters and an overall great narrative.