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Doomsday, 1999

by Paul MacTyre

Cover artist: Edward Valigursky

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 40¢


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Legacy for the last men

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Offspring of atomic catastrophe

What would happen if man's mastery of the world was suddenly snatched away by a new and more advanced type of life? This is the startling premise of this unusual novel.

It fell to two people to face the news that mankind was about to follow the dinosaurs off the Earth's stage. One was Angus, veteran of a defeated Western army in a world devastated by atomic warfare. The other was Liu, woman officer of a conquering army she already knew was destined for destruction.

How these two found the new master species and what they did about it is an exciting and thought-provoking science-fiction adventure.

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Offspring of atomic catastrophe

What were those mutated specks, whose strange swarm cut one section of humanity off from another? That they were important, Angus the hunter, had no doubt, but that only posed another more personal question. Why could he, alone among men, walk among them in safety?

DOOMSDAY, 1999, poses some hard-to-answer questions for the days to come. Writing in New Worlds, Leslie Flood, the well-known British reviewer, described it as, "a skillful blend of superior mainstream writing, dramatic action worthy of a John Buchan, a knowledgeably described background, and an original science-fictional concept... Very convincing as well as entertaining."