The Genocides

The Genocides

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This spectacular novel established Thomas M. Disch as a major new force in science fiction. First published in 1965, it was immediately labeled a masterpiece reminiscent of the works of J.G. Ballard and H.G. Wells

In this harrowing novel, the world's cities have been reduced to cinder and ash and alien plants have overtaken the earth.  The plants, able to grow the size of maples in only a month and eventually reach six hundred feet, have commandeered the world's soil and are sucking even the Great Lakes dry. In northern Minnesota, Anderson, an aging farmer armed with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, desperately leads the reduced citizenry of a small town in a daily struggle for meager existence. Throw into this fray Jeremiah Orville, a marauding outsider bent on a bizarre and private revenge, and the fight to live becomes a daunting task.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000, c1965
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780375705465
0375705465
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 146 pages ;,21 cm

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kurthallsman Sep 22, 2014

This book definitely shows the influence of J.G.Ballard and the New Wave (sci-fi)
movement. The story-line begins strong,
but lost me in the final stretch. Intertwined with Biblical references throughout, two of the characters end up being little more than metaphors for Gluttony and Lust(?) The back cover mentions dark humor, but if this was the authors intention, I missed it. A fair first effort. I'm sure 334 will be much better.

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