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    The late Poul Anderson wrote a novel called Twilight World back in 1961. In a world after a nuclear exchange, the survivors are attempting to put civilization back together.

    One problem: there's so much residual radiation, the biosphere is collapsing because of the increased rate of mutation among the few members of each species that manages to reproduce at all. The desperate solution is to establish a colony on Mars with the handful of viable human mutants whose changes give them some survival advantages.

    Second problem: the survivors on the other side are planning the same thing - and they intend to be the winners at any cost. The cold war continues on the Red Planet.

    The reviews I've seen of the book aren't all that enthused, because let's face it - it's still a downer even if the good guys win.  There's a number of stories and novels from the time set in post-apocalyse worlds. None of them are a lot of fun.

    Given what was known by the general public at the time, I don't think anyone really appreciated just how bad a "nuclear exchange" would be - and most probably still don't.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:39:32 PM PST

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