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Tomorrow! (Beyond Armageddon) [Paperback]

Philip Wylie
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25 Jan 2010 Beyond Armageddon
This book may change your life. It may save it. It is one of the most important - and most shocking - books ever written. "Tomorrow!" is a story of average, nice Americans living in the neighbouring cities of Green Prairie and River City in Middle America. It is - until the sudden blitz - the story of the girl next door and her boyfriend; of the accountant who saw what was coming, and the rich old lady who didn't; of engaging young kids, babies, 'hoods', a bank official who 'borrowed' from a customer's account. Then, at the height of the Christmas shopping season, Condition Red is sounded, and this down-to-earth story of America's Main Street becomes a shattering, vivid experience of the nightmare that human beings have cooked up for themselves. "Tomorrow!" can be read as a novel of pure suspense - if you dare. It is a thriller in which the apocalyptic technology of today is superimposed on the future. But the novel is also designed to show Philip Wylie's conclusions about America's dangerous vulnerability to dread, hysteria, and panic, as well as his recommendations about what must be done.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (25 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803226624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803226623
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,887,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Wylie (1902-71) was a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction whose earliest books exercised great influence in twentieth-century science fiction pulp magazines and comic books: "Gladiator" was the inspiration for Superman, "The Savage Gentleman" was the forerunner of pulp hero Doc Savage, and "When Worlds Collide" inspired Flash Gordon. Wylie's "Gladiator," "The Disappearance," "Triumph," and "When Worlds Collide" are all available in Bison Books editions.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but could be better 21 May 2013
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It was an OK read but not a thrilling read. It took me nearly a fortnight to finish, which is never a good sign with me and a book, if its good ill usually finish it within a few days. It seems to spend the first half of the book exploring the characters lives and these seem to go out of the window after the bombing
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not half as interesting as expected 11 Nov 2010
This book was a bit of a let down, to be honest. I was expecting a story of how a nuclear strike on a fairly typical city would affect a cross-section of its citizens. Instead I got a very long introduction to the event and a fairly brief description of the actual attack and its immediate effects.

This book is basically an advert for civil defence. The story features two cities located either side of a river in the middle of the US. One city prepares well for a nuclear attack and the other doesn't at all. We are introduced to loads of characters, but the focus is on two families who live next door to one another. The first two thirds of the book describes their backgrounds, various relationships and the cities is quite a lot of detail. Sadly, I wasn't really that interested in a lot of it, and it becomes fairly irrelevant once the bombs start going off. The last third of the book is a lot more exciting but it could have more or less stood alone with less than half of the scene setting.

The book feels very outdated now through the language used, but also through the relatively minor effects of the bomb. Most nuclear weapons are much more destructive than the once described, and I can't believe that everything would be sorted out as easily as it appears to be. Still, not a terrible book if you're a fan of disaster/apocalpytic fiction novels, but not terribly exciting either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 15 April 2010
By troutski - Published on Amazon.com
This is an amazing book, when taken in the context of it's publication date. It is even more amazing today.
By swapping out communism for one of today's evils, it would be frighteningly contemporary.

There are 5-6 pages toward the middle where a newspaper editor writes on of the most powerful op ed pieces I have every read about the American condition.

This is truly a timeless read. The names have changed, but the stakes have not......
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Classic Sci-Fi 21 Jan 2011
By Palm Springs Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Didnt have too much hope for this book because it was written in the 50's but just let me say I was totally wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed it; enough so that I am in the middle of reading his other book, "TRIUMPH". I highly recommend this book written by one of the original pioneers of Science Fiction. It gives you an excellent glimpse into the mindset of post Word War II when everyone went to bed everynight wondering if the "Reds" would be dropping the atom bomb on them at any moment. I also found the idea, practice and implementation of Civil Defense interesting. Living in earthquake prone California, I beieve that Civil Defense is something that should be brought back with a vengence and taken seriously. Afterall, do you really want to sit around after a disaster and wait for the Government to show up and help you? Can anyone say "Katrina"? Great book that will provoke intelligent thinking. What more can you ask for?
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Realistic Depictions of Nuclear War Written! 4 Dec 1997
By Craig Chilton -- xanadu4@ibm.net - Published on Amazon.com
Several characters are followed through this fascinating novel, setting great groundwork for their experiences when nuclear war suddenly comes to America... and their city.
Wylie wrote this at the time when it was JUST becoming possible for nuclear warheads to be delivered by missiles, so bombers and missiles both come into play. So does germ warfare. And the result is a horrendously realistic account of nuclear war as only such a masterful author and researcher as Philip Wylie could portray it. The TV movie, "The Day After," came along decades later, and scared the wits out of many of its viewers... but that was a Sunday walk in the park compared to THIS story. THIS is the real deal, and when you set this book down, you'll find that it's a story you'll never forget.
By the way, if you enjoy this, then you MUST track down a copy of Wylie's LATER nuclear war novel, "Triumph," and decide for yourself whether or not he topped this earlier work. It's a toss-up!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost got it right 6 Jun 2003
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
A moderately well written "end of the world as we know it" book. A great book gets me concerned about the well being of the characters but I just didn't get worked up about them. (Especially the kid who sometimes seemed more a device for exposition than a real child.) The action was good though and the underlying cold war "duck and cover" paranoia seeps through beautifully. Very good with minor flaws.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Wylie's best 9 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
"Tomorrow" is a good book. However, I thought "Triumph" was a better read, despite being considerably darker. Still, this is worth reading, especially for those of us too young to know about "civil defense" drills firsthand.
"When Worlds Collide" and "After Worlds Collide" are Wylie's best, and I'd recommend them above "Tomorrow." If you can find them.
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