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Pluribus Hardcover – May 1975

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (May 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038502925X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385029254
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g

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Great post-apocalyptic novel. Also a window into our post literate world Oct. 6 2014
By verity2 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was published in 1975, which may have been at or near the apex of Sci-Fi writing in the USA.
I wish he had written a sequel to it. The novel takes place 73 years after a mass pandemic has killed 9 out of 10 people on earth.
Some have decided to preserve knowledge and are clustered near where universities and colleges once existed, most have forgotten the culture and the knowledge of America in the mid 1970s. They have become infused with either some form of a religious cult, or a series of small dictatorships found in pockets within what is left of the USA.

The journey of the three main characters (a wise man, and two young lovers) across America is fascinating. They seek to distribute pamphlets on how to inoculate the reminder of humanity with an anti-virus which is being sent from Mars.
Because Mars was quarantined form the deadly pandemic it has has become a last bastion of science as we know it. It had to be or everyone would have perished on Mars. They have discovered an vaccine which may save the remainder of humanity from extinction. A volunteer seeks to land on Earth and deliver the vaccine and then leave back to Mars before being forced to breathe Earth air which will probably kill him, as he has no antibodies from the original 90% lethal virus that mars was quarantined from.

What is frightening is that when you read this book and compare the average state of writing and knowledge in the 1970s versus today, you can easily see how in just 40 years we have lost so much in our culture. Casual references to literature, science and other forms of knowledge are no longer easily understood by young people today.

Perhaps we are living in a post literate world even now.

I have the ACE paperback. It has advertisements of books available at eh time. This makes this edition a time capsule as to the extremely high level of writing and wonderful access to fine illustrated books were available for low prices. It makes todays depauperate world even more sad to behold.
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Pluribs by Michael Kurland is a five star book! Sept. 3 2014
By Roger Zelazny Fan - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I cannot say how much I enjoyed reading this book. I suppose its long out of print. But I do
have the original hardback published by Double Day Science Fiction.
Its definitely a book well worth reading!

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