Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.
Farnham and his family have barely settled down to the backbreaking business of low-tech survival when they find that they are not alone after all. The same nuclear war that catapaulted Farnham 2,000 years into the future has destroyed all civilization in the northern hemisphere, leaving Africans as the dominant surviving people.
In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that nearly destroyed the world, are fit only to be slaves. After surviving a nuclear war, Farnham has no intention of being anyone’s slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen race reaches throughout the world. Even if he manages to escape, where can he run to?
©1964 Robert A. Heinlein, 1992 by Mrs. Virginia Heinlein (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Heinlein’s story is as engrossing now as it was in its original form decades ago.” (Midwest Book Review)
I would recommend this book, with qualifications. It was written quite a long time ago and much of the book takes place at a time when there was much anxiety over nuclear war. this is important to the story line. But suspending reality, the book was good. It had an interesting story line and made a statement.
I have not listened to any other Heinlein, but have read some. I enjoy the humanity he brings to his Sci Fi books; the stories could be any where about any one and they still are believable.
I really don't have a favorite scene.
No follow up is necessary, it was a complete story with a pretty final ending. That said, if he wanted to do a follow up, there was room for one.
Typical Heinlein - challanging accepted sexual practicies coupled with period social issues and of course science fiction.
Interesting concepts...classic Heinlein....how did he do it 50 years ago? Heinlein is the man. Nice.
This story impressed me much more when I read it the first time- in the 60's. Unfortunately Heinlein comes across as a little pompous and preachy now.
The premise of this Sci Fi was unknown to me when I started listening. I knew it was an apocalyptic story but hadn't thought further. Political, cultural, social and ethical considerations are explored here in a way that opened my eyes. I found the narrator slightly irritating though and struggled with his slow pace and sharp accent. Well worth a listen particularly if you like your ideas challenged.
Not in the same universe as Citizen of the Galaxy, which is a stellar juvenile for all listeners of all ages.
In this juvenile Heinlein's moralizing overwhelms the lame story, which is too predictable as well. Not worth the credit except for people like me who make the attempt to read or listen to everything he wrote. After getting the audible version I remembered I had read it as a kid and understood why I thoroughly forgot it.
Yes. The story was interesting enough that I'm sure there are nuances that I didn't pick up the first time through.
Joe. I liked the irony of the role reversals in the future.
Thought the narrator had an annoying way of dragging out the last words of sentences.
Within the top ten. A great survivor novel with a sifi twist.
Anamial farm. Because of the predujice overtones.
Duke because he is the universal rebellion.
Survivor waves the American flag.
the world's fastest fat man
The preaching of 'I am so much smarter and therefore more worthy than you because I am a prepper' is maddening. The scene within the bunker after one night is so stupid that it caused me to believe that this story was written by a horny teenage boy! The whole incest topics are appalling... seriously is this author for real!
Frank Stallone as Hue... couldn't think of a bigger redneck to match the character
Worse book I have ever read!
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