The Return

The Return

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The Return by John Joseph McGuire, H. Beam Piper

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The Return

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The isolated little group they found were doing fine-- but their religion was most strange--and yet quite logical!

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udons said. "Everybody seems to know what to do, and how to get it done promptly. And look how neat the whole place is. Policed up. I'll bet anything we'll find that they have a military organization, or a military tradition at least. We'll have to find out; you can't understand a people till you understand their background and their social organization."

"Humph. Let me have a look at their artifacts; that'll tell what kind of people they are," Altamont said, swinging his glasses back and forth over the enclosure. "Water-power mill, water-power sawmill--building on the left side of the water wheel; see the pile of fresh lumber beside it. Blacksmith shop, and from that chimney I'd say a small foundry, too. Wonder what that little building out on the tip of the island is; it has a water wheel. Undershot wheel, and it looks as though it could be raised or lowered. But the building's too small for a grist mill. Now, I wonder--"

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"Monty, I think we ought to land right in the mi

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Two hundred years after the atomic war in the 1980s an enclave of surviving scientists eventually put together a helicopter to search for other survivors. Most are cannibals, but one settlement seems fairly civilized, though their religion was hard to figure.

The writing is okay, the plot interesting, everything is done by men (the women are in the distance, never in the plot), the payoff of the religion's basis is a little disappointing. Not one of Piper's best.