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Millennial Review XXIV: Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman (1979)

Alongside Night

By J. Neil Schulman  

8 Feb, 2000

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Alongside Night
J. Neil Schulman
Ace, 1979
280 pages

Synopsis: It’s 2001. The inflation of the 1970s never stopped but only go worse, driven by the destructive polices of the self-serving statists running America. This is not a universal problem: EUCOMTO, akin to our EU, is on the Gold Standard [sf/x chorus of angels] and the Eurofranc is solid as a rock, so solid the USG has made possession of it in the US illegal. Inflation is over 2000% per year and coffee cost $500.00 a cup.

[That last would have me in the streets waving a gun, albeit very slowly].

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Millennial Review XXII: Dover Beach by Richard Bowker (1987)

Dover Beach  (The Last P. I., book 1)

By Richard Bowker  

6 Feb, 2000

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Dover Beach
Richard Bowker
Spectra 1987
265 pages

Technically, this is set as late as 2010 but 10 meg HD were standard equipment 22 years earlier.

Synopsis: 22 years after a limited nuclear war devastated the US, young Wally Sands is trying to set himself up as a private eye. Postwar Boston has little demand for detectives, and he does no business until Dr Charles Winfield hires him to find Professor Cornwall. Winfield believes Cornwall cloned himself pre-war and that Winfield is the clone.

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Millennial Review XXI: Vertigo by Bob Shaw (1979)

Vertigo

By Bob Shaw  

4 Feb, 2000

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Vertigo
Bob Shaw
Ace, 1979
236 pages

Synopsis: Rob Hasson is an air-cop, one of the much-disliked policemen whose job it is to police the sky now that contra-grav devices have put the power of flight into everyone’s hands. Prior to the book’s beginning he nearly died at the hands of an idiot teenager with mob connections. He lived but the teenager died, and Hasson’s superiors want him to finish his recovery well away from England to reduce the odds that he will be killed by vengeful relatives. To that end, Hassen is visiting a Canadian policeman named Al Werry.

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Millennial Review XX: After Doomsday by Poul Anderson (1962)

After Doomsday

By Poul Anderson  

4 Feb, 2000

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After Doomsday
Poul Anderson
Baen, 1986 [1961,1962]
209 pages

Synopsis: The U.S.S. Benjamin Franklin has returned from a three-year mission to the galactic core to find the Earth utterly lifeless, far beyond the current known abilities of humans. The obvious suspects are some species of intelligent extra-terrestrial, with whom the Earth has been in contact since the 1980s. There are a number of suspects in this SF mystery, from the imperialistic Kandemiri to some group of humans using extra-terrestrial technology.

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Millennial Review XIX: Oath of Fealty by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (1981)

Oath of Fealty

By Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle  

2 Feb, 2000

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Oath of Fealty
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
Pocket Books, 1981
324 pages

Synopsis: Todos Santos is an arcology, a 1000-foot-tall city-building built in the ruins of a section of LA leveled in a riot. TS is the only successful arcology to date, but its economic success is accompanied by a mutually hostile relationship with LA, a terrorist problem and a markedly insular culture.

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Millennial Review XVIII: Human to Human by Rebecca Ore (1990)

Human to Human  (Becoming Human, book 3)

By Rebecca Ore  

1 Feb, 2000

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Human to Human
Rebecca Ore
Tor, 1990
282 pages

Synopsis: Part three of a trilogy. Tom Gentry was a teenage ex-con, a no-hoper heading towards a life of crime. As Tom Red-Clay he works for the Federation of Sapient Planets and has ever since he was picked by them after he and his brother killed an FSP researcher disguised as a human covertly examining Earth. Tom’s brother is dead. Tom is married and has a kid.

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Millennial Review XVII: The Whole Man by John Brunner (1964)

The Whole Man

By John Brunner  

30 Jan, 2000

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The Whole Man
John Brunner
Del Rey, 1964 [fix-up from 1958, 1959]
188 pages

Synopsis: During a period of civil unrest, Gerald Howson is born. He is terribly deformed and a bleeder, something his mother knew was possible, but she was more interested in using the pregnancy to blackmail Howson’s father into marrying her. The father is dead, and she is stuck with Gerald. Miss Howson briefly meets a UN Pacification Agency telepathist, Ilse Kronstadt, who is horrified at the mother’s priorities.

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Millennial Review XVI: Salvage and Destroy by Edward Llewellyn (1984)

Salvage and Destroy

By Edward Llewellyn  

29 Jan, 2000

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Salvage and Destroy
Edward Llewellyn
DAW, 1984
256 pages

Synopsis: In the 1680s, an exploratory mission crewed by Ara, a race whose strong regard for the well-being of others is slowly exterminating them, discovered and surveyed Earth. During the survey, they discovered a group of humans trapped on a sand spit, cut off by high tide and about to be drowned. Rather than let intelligent beings die, the Ara rescued the humans and took them back with them to the Cluster, their home civilization. 300 odd years later, Earth is on the brink of self destruction and the Cluster humans, who have come to dominate the space trades, want to send a second mission to salvage what they can.

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Millennial Review XV: Ballroom of the Skies by John D. MacDonald (1952)

Ballroom of the Skies

By John D. MacDonald  

27 Jan, 2000

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Ballroom of the Skies
John D. MacDonald
Nelson Doubleday 1979 (1951),
218 pages

Practically a short story. Unfortunately, near the end they give an actual date: 1979. Oops.

WWIII happened in the early 1970s, leaving the US as a second-rate power allied to Pak-India. PI is opposed by a coalition including Irania and North China and WW IV is looming on the horizon. One man, Darwin Branson, has been working to prevent war but on the eve of a critical meeting he is killed and reprogrammed [or replaced by a simulacrum] by a mysterious couple. The new Branson is openly arrogant and cynical, and war is not to be averted.

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