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Aftermath a novel by Charles Sheffield

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Another tale of human survival after a world disaster

   In 2026, the Earth faces an unexpected disaster. A supernova in the nearby Alpha Centauri system has apparently wiped out nearly every electronic component on the planet, leaving human civilization paralyzed. Phones don't work, transportation … see full wiki

1 review about Aftermath a novel by Charles Sheffield

Extremely Slow

  • May 13, 2009
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A galactic catastrophe releases radiation on the Earth, which in effect destroys all computer chips. As a result any technology created after 1980 is rendered useless. Additionally the radiation causes weather and other conditions that wipeout significant portions of South America and Asia. Like the novel Lucifer's Hammer, the remainder focuses on specific survivors to the tragedy. However, where Lucifer's Hammer had very intriguing characters and a fast-flowing exciting plot, this book lulls you to sleep for almost 300 pages until anything interesting happens.

This is when group of Mars explorers attempt a very dangerous re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere. On top of this a serial child killer and a leader of a fanatical cult are released from "judicial sleep." (This is a method of keeping the person asleep during their incarceration. Persons with extremely long sentences would just sleep until they died). The child killer just happens to be one of the few people still alive that can help some terminal cancer patients. Yeah right!

The other main part of the story centers around the president and his inability to perform sexually and his problem with a former girlfriend. I found it very hard to not just skip over these pages while I was reading them.

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