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The author of the book: Charles Eric Maine
Edition: Ace Books
Date of issue: 1958
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I picked up this title as I was perusing the shelves at a locally-owned bookstore and purchased it based only on its intriguing description and the fact that I'll buy just about anything at a locally-owned bookstore to support those fine and endangered institutions.
The summary is a pretty simple one and one that about half the population isn't especially comfortable with. All the dudes are gone. Society has turned into the ultimate matriarchy. All is well and good though, they've figured out how to get by without us. Until one day scientists create a dude and 500 of monosexual culture it turned on its proverbial ear.
To the positive side, this is one of those brilliant science fiction novels of the 50s-60s-70s that not only entertains you but has a deep and vibrant kernel of sociological truth to it. This isn't just a feast of Lesbian eroticism (which it most definitely is) but it's also a broad and well thought out tale of how societies and governments deal with and relate to change. It's one of those books that always makes me whip out the standard mantra of "this is what science fiction was meant to be!" It makes you think about yourself and about everyone you know in new ways.
To the negative, and this is not so much a negative as it is an advisory to potential readers, the book loves its terminology. You're advised to look up the first ten words you don't know (unless you know the definition of cytology and parthenogenetic off the top of your head) and commit them to memory because you'll be seeing them again and again and again. The book is an education but be prepared to either gloss over things or infer by context because this isn't the soft vocabulary fiction you're used to.
In summary, this book is exactly as old as I am and it's worth a read. It does tend at times to be rather graphic sexually so it's not one for the kiddies but it has a lot of deep things to say about humanity. I'm sad that I've lived my entire life along side it without having any awareness of its existence.
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Read information about the authorCharles Eric Maine (pseudonym of David McIlwain; 21 January 1921 – 30 November 1981) was an English science fiction writer whose most prominent works were published in the 1950s and 1960s. His stories were thrillers that dealt with new scientific technology
McIlwain was born in Liverpool.
He published three issues of a science fiction magazine called The Satellite which he co-edited along with J. F. Burke. From 1940 to 1941, he published his own magazine called Gargoyle.
During World War II, he was in the Royal Air Force and served in Northern Africa in 1943.
After the war, he worked in TV engineering, and became involved in editorial work with radio and TV. During 1952, he sold his first radio play, Spaceways, to the BBC. Due to its popularity, it became a novel as well as a movie.
One of his best known stories, Timeliner, was about a scientist who experiments with a time machine, only to be maliciously thrust into the future by a fellow scientist who was having an affair with his wife. It was originally written as a radio play known as The Einstein Highway.
He died in London in 1981.
Spaceways (1953) (Variant Title: Spaceways Satellite)
Escapement (1956) (Variant Title: The Man Who Couldn't Sleep)
High Vacuum (1956)
The Tide Went Out (1958) (Revised in 1997 with Variant Title: Thirst!)
World Without Men (1958) (Revised in 1972 with Variant Title: Alph)
Count-Down (1959) (Variant Title: Fire Past the Future)
Crisis 2000 (1959)
Calculated Risk (1960)
He Owned the World (1960) (Variant Title: The Man Who Owned the World)
The Mind of Mr. Soames (1961)
The Darkest of Nights (1962) (Variant Title: Survival Margin)
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