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In The Drift

Copyright 1985 by Michael Swanwick

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I most recently read this on the 25th August 2003.

One hundred years from now a nuclear power station has experienced a melt-down (is it Three Mile Island - my geography is too limited to know).

A ver long time later, The Drift - the contaminated area around the ruined reactor - live the mutant descendants of the original victims.

Well, Roger Zelazny appeared to like it, so of course I did too, at least initially.

The novel is comprises several linked short stories illustrating the long-term result of the breakdown of a civilisation. It is moving, but it hovers uneasily, in my view, between SF and fantasy. I don't recommend it, but I do recommend reading other novels by Michael Swanwick, in particular "Vacuum Flowers" and "Bones Of The Earth".

Loaded on the 14th August 2005.
Cover of In The Drift
Cover art by Ron Lieberman

Reviews of other works by Michael Swanwick:
Stations Of The Tide
Bones Of The Earth