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on October 28, 2013
I admit to being a big Van Vogt fan. A giant from the Golden Age of Science Fiction (despite being called a "pygmy with a giant typewriter" by critic Damon Knight, Van Vogt's works epitomized the "sense of wonder" of Golden Age science fiction. His "science" was often non-sense, but his "ideas" sparked my interest in such fields as General Semantics (see the Null-A books); political intrigue (see the Weapon Shops books); and parapsychology (see Slan, among others). Ptath explores the relationship between intense belief in someone and that belief turning that someone into a God (probably not the best way to put it), sometimes deifying a political leader during his or her lifetime.. What role does belief play in our own conception of our leaders? Van Vogt was known for his atypical style of writing. It serves him well in this tale.
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on May 18, 2014
I love the stories of A.E. van Vogt, so I was happy to run across one that was new to me. It's not as good as his best, so you might skip it if you'e looking to become familiar with his stories. This book is one of a genre that we rarely get nowadays - far future earth. And then van Vogt throws in elements that have it border on fantasy, unusual for him. It's a short book, so if you're on the fence, go ahead.
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on February 3, 2013
although a bit simplistic - perhaps the author's early work - the story is still tremendous. published originally in 1943 and then in 1947, this appears to be an allegorical tale of wwii (world war two). it also is a bit unrealistic, as the sheer number of people living on the planet, billions, could not be supported, even just with food, by the agrarian culture that seems prevalent. still, great story. loved the beginning, loved the ending. (not giving anything away here, really)
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on April 23, 2014
I just re-read it after 30 years. It was great reading, fast paced. My only problem is with the ending. It is a bit too abrupt, and too pat.
Still, a great read.
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on July 20, 2015
I read this book decades ago when it was called "200 million AD" or something like that. Still a good story.
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on September 17, 2015
Vintage Van Vogt from one of the masters from the golden age of sci-fi.......still a fun read.
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on May 8, 2016
This is a great read for fans of old-fashioned science fiction -- fast-paced narration.
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