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After Doomsday Paperback – Sep 1986


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Mm); Reissue edition (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671655914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671655914
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The late Poul Anderson was always one of my favourite sf writers, and this is an absolutely vintage specimen.

Human explorers come back to find the Earth destroyed, and badly need to find out whodunit, if only to assure that the killers aren't also a danger tot hem. While doing so, they also have to find ways to go on living in a not particularly human-friendly galaxy. It's beautifully done, the alien races are well drawn as only Anderson could, and problem is ingeniously solved.

Perhaps one very minor gripe. I always preferred the title used for the magazine version in Galaxy - "The Day After Doomsday". Somehow the shorter title loses some of the oomph - but it's not important. Don't miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Adam and Eve on the Grand Scale July 8 2000
By Marian Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Poul Anderson can spin a great yarn no matter what. Here he seems to have fun with the silly Adam and Eve story, and turns out a solid, exciting story. Earth is destroyed. By chance a space ship with an all male crew and a spaceship with an all female crew are out exploring and escape the destruction. Their problem is that they don't know the other ship survived. They have to look for survivors and find out how to defeat the enemy. Obviously, if each ship doesn't find the other, the human race will die. Or if they find each other they still have to create a safe place in a hostile universe. With all these problems as background, the result is a good old-fashioned adventure story. And it's extremely refreshing that the women have adventures as well as the men.
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Not his best Aug. 24 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Poul Anderson had a strange tendency. When his story could be made into a long novel, he made it small (like this one). On the other hand, when his story could be told in 100 pages (boat of million years) he bloated it into something like 600 pages. This story is of course something poul wrote in 2 months, or rather 1, probably to pay a mortgage or smt. It is a little promising, a little of a pager turner and not much more. The notion of the all male/all female spaceships is dated. The deus ex machina earth physicist who discovers the new physics is a very tired and used to death platitude to overcome SF problems. The aliens are too terrestrial. So, read this only if you don't have to pay for it. But better, skip it for Anderson's best novel Tau Zero.
Excellent Classic after all these years and all the hard wear from multiple reading. May 27 2015
By J.L. D. - Published on Amazon.com
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After Doomsday by Poul Anderson

This is a book I read so many times I wore the glue off the back and had a copy with a rubber band holding it together for a number of years; until I finally replaced it with a used copy. I've read this at least half a dozen times maybe more. If there are any books that stand the test of time it is those by Poul Anderson. Sometimes the secret is to keep the description of some devices vague while injecting good science to back up what they are supposed to do.

Carl Donnan is one of several hundreds of men aboard the starship Franklin when they return to Earth to find it has been decimated of all life. Carl doesn't consider himself a leader; but finds himself in an awkward position when Captain Strathey seems too shocked to maintain control of the ship. There are anti-ship missiles hunting them down; weapons they assume were left by whoever of the advanced races did this. The missiles are Kandamirian; so it's not much thought to placing blame. Even so with the tension abounding it is difficult for Carl to keep the alien adviser aboard safe from harm though he is a Monwaing. The Monwaing are the ones who helped bring Earth into space. With tension high, though, every other space faring race is under a cloud of suspicion. Eventually Carl will reluctantly have to take charge of all the humans.

After escaping they seek sanctuary while waiting to find out if there were other ships with more humans out in space. There are, and right from the beginning we get a dual story told from the POV of the Franklin and crew and then the Europa and crew. Europa, thankfully, is a ship with a hundred females. Though neither knows of the other, the reader knows; so the story seems mostly to be about searching for clues to who murdered Earth. Even as the case becomes stronger against the Kandamirian and the men of Franklin begin to seek revenge; there is enough doubt that Donnan continues to search, because he wants to be certain he gets revenge on the correct aliens.

The task is difficult and things are never that clear and with Poul Anderson there is often a bit of a twist at the end: this one is no exception to that rule.

If I had one caveat in this all: I would say that it was pertaining to the bit of conceit in having the Franklin crew come up with such unique ideas to alter alien technology that help them develop some new and highly effective war hardware. Yes they do think differently, so perhaps there is that. Yet there are so many races already out in space using this technology that they’ve improve, you would think that one or more might just think close enough to have developed these seeming remarkable advancements.

Still all the raw emotion and the mystery and intrigue carry this story to keep it at a satisfying level that the suspension of disbelief remains intact despite the age of the novel.

This is an excellent Classic by one of the best in his field. I recommend this for all SFF fans.

J.L. Dobias
Another Good" SF Detective" Story. March 10 2014
By M. W. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The late Poul Anderson was always one of my favourite sf writers, and this is an absolutely vintage specimen.

Human explorers come back to find the Earth destroyed, and badly need to find out whodunit, if only to assure that the killers aren't also a danger to them. While doing so, they also have to find ways to go on living in a not particularly human-friendly galaxy. It's beautifully done, the alien races are well drawn as only Anderson could, and problem is ingeniously solved.

Perhaps one very minor gripe. I always preferred the title used for the magazine version in Galaxy - "The Day After Doomsday". Somehow the shorter title loses some of the oomph - but it's not important. Don't miss it.
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Not my favorite, but I hope this helps, Jan. 5 2006
By Ray Francis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
from the back cover of the September 1986 edition:

Earth has been destroyed.

Which alien race had committed genocide, killing a planet in the process?

The Kandemir were interested in salvage rights.

The Xo had provided two Earth nations with weapons that could do the job.

The Vorlak, an essentially peaceful race, nevertheless had made a firm treaty with the Russians.

The only surviving humans were the astronauts aboard the spaceships Benjamin Franklin and Europa. Men and women together, they would re-establish mankind - but first they must unmask their enemies and defeat them.

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