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Runaway soldier movie maker
on 23 April 2011
A post apocalyptic near future work of science fiction that shows a rather different America in the late twenty second century. Where a new order has arisen after the collapse of the one that we know.
It runs for just under seven hundred pages and is divided into five parts plus an epilogue.
It's presented as being the life story, written sometime after the fact, of a man called Julian Comstock. Who lived a remarkable life. And it's written in the first person by his friend Adam, the two having known each other from childhood.
It's in a very literary, rather victorian style, complete with a fair few explanatory footnotes. Whilst that may sound like it could be a bit of slog the prose is actually very smooth and it's an easy read.
Adam tells the story of Julian - aptly described as being 'one of those boys who always got your way in the playground. A few fine words and everyone wanted to be your friend,' from his days when the two were growing up together and then what happened after they had to leave their hometown.
The future America here is quite an interesting creation. A world where a lot of what we know has become dimly remembered myth [the read can recognise certain things, even if Adam can't. Which is a nice touch] And where one particular family have held presidential power for a long time. Fanatical religious sects are also rather prevalent.
Julian is the nephew of the president, and the latter is likely to deal with any relative who threatens his power base. But Julian's primary ambition is to make a film about the life of Charles Darwin.
We follow Adam and Julian through all that happens to them on their journeys throughout this new america.
There are philosphical musings on many issues involving history and religion, but primarily it's a work of literature.
It's not quite ground breaking, but it's a good and involved read and a fine work of post apocalyptic fiction all in all.