2018-05-15 00:18:06 UTC
_Emergence_ by David R. Palmer
Book number one of a two book apocalyptic series. There are rumors of a
third book in the series. I reread the MMPB that I purchased in 1985,
one of my few books that survived The Great Flood of 1989. It may be
yellowed and the back broken in three places but it is still very readable.
The second book, _Tracking_ was serialized in _Analog_ in 2008. I would
love to get a copy of this book.
Somewhere in the very late 1800s or early 1900s, the human race forked.
The new race, Homo Post Hominem, was immune to all human diseases,
faster, stronger, smarter, etc. And, the new race traits were dominant
Candy Foster-Smith is a precocious 11 year old girl who was adopted by
Dr. and Mrs. Foster after her parents were killed in a car wreck. She
is one of the few survivors of a planet wide bionuclear war in the late
1900s. The book is her diary of surviving the war. And, she is one of
the several thousand Homo Post Hominems on the Earth.
Candy does have a retarded, adoptive twin brother, Terry D. Foster, who
also survived the bionuclear war. D is for Dactyll. Terry is a 36 inch
tall Hyacinthine Macaw who adores Candy and follows her everywhere.
While the book was written using 1980s technology with typewriters and
such, it is not hard to gloss over. True, the world has significantly
changed since then but, people are still the same.
BTW, to quote Jon Schild's and Kurt Busiek's 2008 conversation on the
availability of the _Emergence_ book:
"> Since the original post quoted above, I have looked for _Emergence_ but
failed to find it. Any hints?""No idea. There are copies for sale at Amazon, but they're frickin'
"You can't have mine; I stole it from the Scott Meredith Literary Agency
fair and square."
You cannot have my copy either. I paid $3.50 for it somewhere in 1985.
However, the Amazon used book price is $50.61.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Amazon rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (80 reviews)