Contents:Prelude: The Domes (1978)If a Flower Could Eclipse (1970)Interlude: The Testimony of Leland Turner (1979)Old Folks at Home (1978)Interlude: The City Takes Care of Its Own (1979)The Windows in Dante's Hell (1973)Interlude: Volplaning Heroes (1979)The Samurai and the Willows (1976)Interlude: First Councilor Lesser (1979)Allegiances (1975)Interlude: The Cradle BeginsContents:Prelude: The Domes (1978)If a Flower Could Eclipse (1970)Interlude: The Testimony of Leland Turner (1979)Old Folks at Home (1978)Interlude: The City Takes Care of Its Own (1979)The Windows in Dante's Hell (1973)Interlude: Volplaning Heroes (1979)The Samurai and the Willows (1976)Interlude: First Councilor Lesser (1979)Allegiances (1975)Interlude: The Cradle Begins to Rock (1979)At the Dixie-Apple with the Shoofly-Pie Kid (1977)Interlude: The Fall of Saganella Lesser (1979)Death Rehearsals (1979)...
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Catacomb Years Reviews
Talk about getting it wrong...I hate slamming Bishop, as he's one of the better post-Golden Age sci-fi scribblers.He's literate, highly educated, well traveled; and his work reflects his background. Moreover, he's a fellow army brat, and the VA Tech massacre robbed him of a son exactly ten days before my father succumbed to cancer. This is to say that I respect the man and feel a degree of kinship with him, for all that we've never met or corresponded. This clunker, though? Feh! As I never leave a book unfinished (even when I'm reading a dozen or more simultaneously), I found myself muttering "Oy, gevalt! My enemies should have such troubles!" with every turn of the page -- and I'm an Anabaptist! Bishop's futuristic Atlanta bears no resemblance to the real city -- past, present or in the foreseeable future. And I should know -- I've *lived* in metro Atlanta since 1976. Playing Cassandra is a risky and potentially embarrassing game, as most economists, political pundits, self-styled "intellectuals," and SF authors eventually discover. The aforementioned being ivory-tower vocations, one and all; those who pursue them usually miss the action at ground level. Sadly, Bishop missed by a friggerty mile. Among the predictable, "Well, duh!" historic milestones he never foresaw: 1.) The spectacular, coke-fueled "crash and burn" of Julian Bond's political career; 2.) the emergence of "King Crack" and the subsequent proliferation of street gangs; 3.) the wholesale Mexican colonization of Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, Forsyth and Gwinnett Counties; 4.)the rise of necon slimeball Newt "Mudpuppy" Gingrich; and the fall of speech-impeded D-4 Rebublicrat Pat S(h)windall (who single-handedly proved that the only good thing ever to come out of Alabama was I-20).Oh, well. Nobody bats a thousand...
Weird and enjoyable. Cities of the future are sealed and independent, and this is the story of Atlanta in the future.