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After Doomsday Paperback – Sep 1986


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Product Details

  • 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.
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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