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on 25 July 2017
I enjoyed the story as best I could but the quality of this kindle version made reading it so difficult. Every page has errors. For the last few pages a word had been transposed as if using find and replace. It really was quite bizarre.
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on 11 January 2008
I read this book over 30 years ago and fell in love with SF and the poetry of James Elroy Flecker through it.

The story is a little dated now, deals with a 20th century man being 'defrosted' into the Rupublic of London, post-nuclear war, being run by androids on behalf of the remaining human race. The story follows him adapting into his new life and getting caught up in the struggle between those humans who don't accept the status quo and the androids. I believe that it was made into a TV series by French TV, but can't swear to that.
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on 5 July 2011
This 1958 novel was the first Edmund Cooper published under his own name, though he had previously written three published under pseudonyms. The Uncertain Midnight was also published under the title Deadly Image and neither title seems to bear much obvious link to the story. He had clearly found his writing voice by the Uncertain Midnight as it seems a work of some maturity and quite closely resembles his style in later novels. Not exactly though - this book is slightly longer (a good thing) and has longer chapters than subsequent novels.

The story is about coexistence of humans and androids and dips into philosophical questions such as can artificial intelligence be said to be alive? What was their function: to serve humans or dominate them? This is literate science fiction and probably a bit ahead of its time. The slight disappointment for me was the ending which felt rushed and too short. Maybe it's not the best Edmund Cooper book to recommend to those new to his stories, but overall a satisfying and worthwhile read from an author with a very fertile imagination and the simple lyrical prose in which to express it.
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I stumbled onto Edmund Cooper by surfing through various user reviews here and being a large sci-fi fan I took immediete interest and tracked down the earliest book of his I could find, Uncertain Midnight. Originally released in 1958 some of the ideas feel slightly dated in concept though I imagine they were fairly fresh back then. Despite that the book is fantastically written and I sailed through it happily in two days.

The main character is John Markham, a man accidently frozen in a nuclear fallout food freezer when the bombs drop. Revived 146 years later after being in suspended animation everything and everyone he knew was gone and the world is nothing like the one he knew. Earth's population is a shade of what it was, androids are everywhere, sex is a liberal activity, and Markham struggles to fit in with this new earth. Not all of hummanity is happy with the current status quo though and someone with Markham's outdated ideas in this new world could make big changes.

The first half of the book is great setting up Markham's culture shock of essentially traveling through time 146 years. The androids and characters he meets are portayed very well, both completely alien and yet familiar in a lot of ways. I especially liked Markham's interaction with the androids and would have liked to have had more of these moments. The new world Markham is introduced to is both interesting and well thought out which I was also rather impressed with. Sadly the second half of the book, the ending more specifically feels quite rushed and could really have done with fleshing out after the strong introduction, it's not terrible or anything, just feels like Cooper skims over parts that lead up to events which could have been interesting.

The kindle edition as noted by other reviewers has sadly not been transferred very well and is amiss with typos with "a" often becoming an "s" and sometimes entire words being something else altogether. It's still perfectly readable but can be very distracting and annoying at times.

Despite that I would heartily recommended this book to any sci-fi fan and I shall be reading more of Edmund Cooper's works in the future.

+ Interesting characters.
+ Strong first half.
+ Android interactions are great.
+ Imaginitive world.

- Kindle edition full of typos.
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on 26 November 2005
Edmund Cooper's books are easy to read and understand, but still provide thought provoking ideas. This book deals with a future where we create emotions in our robots, and what happens when they fall in love.
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on 23 January 2014
Fantastic to re-read coopers books again, just a shame about the odd typo error but most enjoyable non the less
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on 17 March 2013
Edmund Cooper is one of my favourite SF authors but don't buy this book for your Kindle

The publishers have not proof read the conversion into electronic form and it is littered with typos for instance android is often spelt "an droid" really ruined it for me
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