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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057513156X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575131569
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A stunning novel of a post-nuclear world by one of SF's early greats. Introduction by Pat Cadigan.

About the Author

Leigh Brackett was an accomplished and prolific writer of fantasy and SF, as well as a Hollywood screen writer. She worked on scripts for films such as THE BIG SLEEP, THE LONG GOODBYE and RIO BRAVO, and received a posthumous HUGO AWARD for the script for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.


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It's fascinating to see how some sf novels stand the test of time and others don't. I still have my old Mayflower pb of "The Long Tomorrow" which I purchased as a teenager c1963, and reread it from time to time. Doing so produces most curious feelings, like going through a timewarp of some kind.

TLT is a "Golden Oldie". Published in 1955, it is one of the huge number of "post nuclear war" stories that came out in that nervous era, but is head and shoulders above the bulk of them. It's theme, unique in sf as far as I know, is a future world in which the Amish (or at least a sect more or less "cloned" from them) have taken over America.

The idea that, in the aftermath of holocaust, the people might turn against science and technology, has of course been used by others, notably Walter M Miller in "A Canticle For Leibowitz". But TLT takes a subtly different angle. The New Mennonites are not opposed to education, their children are literate, and they seem to live at an early 19th century level, just pre-railroad. It isn't a Dark Age in the usual sense. But there are strict limits. No electricity, industry or anything high tech. Riverboats are allowed to have simple engines, but land transport stops at the horse and buggy. Above all, the US Constitution has been amended to forbid the existence of any city or town above 2000 people.

The central characters are two teenage boys in a New Mennonite community in Ohio. Len Colter (14) and his slightly older cousin, Esau. They discover a radio set, belonging to a passing trader, and realise that he comes from "Bartorstown", a secret society out west conspiring to bring back the bad old days, association with which can result in whipping at best, instant lynching at worst.
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A true classic of post-apocalypse SF by an under-appreciated author. Her short stories are her best work but this book deserves its place in the "Masterworks" collection. More of her work needs to be available in e-book form. It would be particularly nice to get e-book editions of her screenplays (including, lest we forget, "The Empire Strikes Back"). Highly recommended for any reader looking for good 1950s SF.
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By JRob on 16 Aug. 2015
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The concept is interesting but the writing style not the best. Takes some work to read and left me wishing a different author had written from within the same plot. Still, like all good SF it raises big human issues.
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