Highways in Hiding

Highways in Hiding

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Highways in Hiding by George Oliver Smith

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1956

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Highways in Hiding

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Strange signposts led to an underworld of ESP, espionage... and untold danger. Follow Steve Cornell's weird and terrifying race with time and unseen enemies to locate and stop a dread menace from outer space!

Book Excerpt

This is a rather deep shock to you and you can't face it. Know what happens?"

"I blow my brains out along a country road at ninety miles per hour."

"Please, this is serious."

"It sounds incredibly stupid to me."

"You're rejecting it in the same way you rejected the fact that Miss Lewis ran away rather than marry you."

"Do go on, Doctor."

"You drive along the same road you'd planned to take, but the frustration and shock pile up to put you in an accident-prone frame of mind. You then pile up, not consciously, but as soon as you come upon something like that tree limb which can be used to make an accident authentic."

"Oh, sure."

Thorndyke eyed me soberly. "Steve," he asked me in a brittle voice, "you won't try to convince me that any esper will let physical danger of that sort get close enough to--"

"I've told you how it happened. My attention was on that busted sign!"

"Fine. More evidence to the fact that Miss Lewis was with you? Now liste

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This is one of the best reads on this site. Good, unique, storyline. Good characterization, and several small twists along the way. Obviously the work of a mature writer.

There are a few instances of foul language that mar the otherwise excellent writing.
I first read this 35 years ago under the title Space Plague. I liked it then, and I still like it now. Mildly dated, but with enough new ideas (and non-hackneyed treatment of old ideas) to be a fun read. I have often wondered whether Vernor Vinge's idea of "zones" was inspired by this novel.
Here's an often overlooked gem from the author of the classic "Venus Equilateral" stories. Fast-paced action, suspense and intrigue, and shadowy underground organizations creating supermen form victims of a deadly space disease...a must for lovers of classic SF.