on 6 January 2003
A suicidal hero and a crow that likes to drink! What a start to a typical Edmund Cooper sci fi novel!
The plot weaves us through a future that seems less than bleak, as a new sexually transmitted disease proves to have a promising side effect. World Peace! The virus, p939, affects more and more of the population as it is spread, intentionally by our formerly suicidal hero and his friends....
To say more would reveal too much about the satirical twist at the end. If you can find a copy - read it!
on 24 April 2002
Originally published as Son of Kronk. The story goes that the publishers didn't like Kronk so they asked Edmund Cooper to change the title. He caustically wrote back suggesting Son of Kronk which, to his suprise, was accepted.
Dark, witty SF/fantasy about the impact of a man made virus with psychological side affects. It suppresses violence and promotes peace and love (man!). It also has an aphrodisiac side effect, which given how it is transmitted means it spreads pretty quickly. Naturally chaos ensues.
One of the funniest SF novels I have ever encountered, inviteing comparison with Tom Sharpe , but unlike many humorous attempts, the SF element too is excellent.
I highly recommend this book
on 7 August 2011
A very inventive story of a virus causing peace and love, which is spread as a highly infectious sexually transmitted "disease". This must have really hit the mark when it was published in 1970 at the height of the hippie late 60s/early 70s era. To the author's credit, the story doesn't seem dated or full of expressions from that era. There is a nice prescient reference to "Sir" Michael Jagger, which must have seemed unbelievable when the book was written!
I find the book quite difficult to rate and think it will either appeal strongly to you or not. The story is told in a highly satirical style that for me distanced the events and stopped me believing in them. It reminded me a little of Douglas Adams' writing, though it's earlier than that. Character names, the way events happen, language used, everything was ironic. It's a very good book in that style of writing. This talented author can however write in a number of different styles and some of these styles may appeal to you more than others. If you like a very clever, humorous and satirical story wrapped round some thought-provoking ideas, you may well love this, whereas if you are looking for straightforward immersive science fiction there are books by this or other authors that you may prefer.