Good. Spine and cover creasing, edge wear; Candidia Maria Smith-Foster, an eleven-year-old girl, is unaware that she's a Homo post hominem, mankind's next evolutionary step. With international relations rapidly deteriorating, Candy's father, publicly a small-town pathologist but secretly a government biowarfare expert, is called to Washington. Candy remains at home. The following day a worldwide attack, featuring a bionuclear plague, wipes out virtually all of humanity (i.e., Homo sapiens). With her pet bird Terry, she survives the attack in the shelter beneath their house. Emerging three months later, she learns of her genetic heritage and sets off to search for others of her kind.
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I read a part of this story in the early 80's in a SF mag. I had forgotten the title, the author, and even the magizine. I was talking about great SF stories to another person and this story came up. When I researched it, I found that it had been expanded and published as a full length novel. I also found several hundred reviews about it, >90% positive. It tells you something when a paperback from the 80's cost $20 used.
I bought it, read it, and loved it. I then purchased "Threshhold" the only other published book by David Palmer.
Also a very good book, and as with "Emergence" I am amazed that no sequel was ever written or published.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a strong heroine, and a great plot. Your only problem will be buying a copy, as mine is not for sale.
Feb 11, 2008
This is one of the best post-apocalypse books ever written -- closer to what is possible than many. Could be called a cross between Heinlein's "Farnam's Freehold" (without the time travel) and Stewart's "Earth Abides" with a healthy ladling of Clarke and Asimov thrown in.
One would hope one's offspring would use Candy as a role model. A book that is hard to put down!
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