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Author: William Gerken
Published: 1957
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,499 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.4
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 839
Added to site: 2009.03.31 23813

"When he opened the door to the shed that day, and saw the axe suspended in mid-air, he understood what was wrong."What will the world be like, the day after Tomorrow, for the lonely ones who will have talents that others will half fear, half envy? William Gerken describes this strange world in which young and old will have to find new values and pursue new dreams, as they search for the answer....

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's no question."

"Couldn't he take me with him?"

I shook my head. "I don't think you should even ask him to take you. You'd be a burden that would slow him down. He'd worry about you, have to get your food, find shelter for you. He might let you go with him, but don't ask him to. He's too young to be tied down. Now go on, and wish him good luck and kiss him goodbye. He's coming up the road now."

She glanced out the open window, jumped up, and ran out into the sunlight, to wait at the side of the road. I picked up the book I had been reading, but the window was too close to the road for me to concentrate on the pages. She didn't say anything until he was standing before her.

"I'll be waiting," she said. "Take care of yourself."

He nodded. "I have to go," he told her. "Partly because it was Dad's last wish, partly because I need others of my own kind. Alone, we can't help the world much; together, there's a good chance for results. I left a letter for the council saying you we


Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Sardo Weems

A story about when technology collapsed and men were slipping back to primitive ways, and different kinds of power become important. If anything, the hardest thing to believe was that any group of people could make a logical, compassionate decision.

The writing was literate, though the conversations sometimes seemed like monologues between people in the same room.

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