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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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