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Book Title: Gather, Darkness!|
The author of the book: Fritz Leiber
Edition: Audio Literature, Fantastic Audio
Date of issue: March 19th 2002
ISBN 13: 9781574534726
Format files: PDF
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Have you wondered where George Lucas got the idea for that light sabre? Right here. This book. That's where he got it.
This groundbreaking work of dystopian fiction (1950) is an exciting, well-plotted novel which has influenced at least three generations of writers. It tells of a future dark age brought on by a well-meaning group of scientists who, wishing to prevent all further wars, invent a god, offer themselves as a priesthood and present their technological marvels--used primarily for social control--as miracles. They choose witchcraft as their bogeyman and persecute witches unmercifully--in spite of the fact that witchcraft is virtually non-existent, practiced by a few wizened female herb doctors accompanied by their pet cats.
As often happens, what we choose to fear and persecute--however trivial it may be at the start--gains in significance and power over us. A new witchcraft arises, with what look to be real magical powers, and its witches possess extraordinarily helpful familiars--not cats, but monkey things with uncannily human faces.
This is classic science fiction, recommended to everyone who loves the genre. Or, for that matter, anyone who loves a good story. The light sabre bit is just a little icing on the cake.
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Read information about the authorFritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was one of the more interesting of the young writers who came into HP Lovecraft's orbit, and some of his best early short fiction is horror rather than sf or fantasy. He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at various points in his career, using it sometimes for farce and sometimes for gloomy mood pieces--The Swords of Lankhmar is perhaps the best single volume of their adventures. Leiber's science fiction includes the planet-smashing The Wanderer in which a large cast mostly survive flood, fire, and the sexual attentions of feline aliens, and the satirical A Spectre is Haunting Texas in which a gangling, exo-skeleton-clad actor from the Moon leads a revolution and finds his true love. Leiber's late short fiction, and the fine horror novel Our Lady of Darkness, combine autobiographical issues like his struggle with depression and alcoholism with meditations on the emotional content of the fantastic genres. Leiber's capacity for endless self-reinvention and productive self-examination kept him, until his death, one of the most modern of his sf generation.
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