I read this book several months ago and have been meaning to mention it for quite a long time. Today seems to be the day to resurrect the “draft” that I’ve had started since then. The US Library of Congress description of this book goes like this “Two centuries after an atomic war on earth, a silver-haired mutant sets out on a dangerous search for a lost city of the ruined civilization.”
That would be a good start, I guess. By the way, you can get this book pretty cheap on sites like Amazon.com and likely in many local used book stores. I’ve not read all of the late Andre Norton’s books, but I plan to before I finish my term on this rock.
Now, Star Man’s Son was first published in 1952, so one might think that a futuristic novel might not seem to be so futuristic after all, seeing how far technology has come since then. But, this is an entertaining read that had kept me enthralled from beginning to end. There are some interesting insights presented in the weaving of this story that I found to be within the realm of “believability”. The idea that people went down the wrong path and nearly destroyed themselves completely is not so far fetched, considering the number of national disagreements that we still have today in our world. The idea of what some “innocents” might think several generations after a completely destructive war is well conveyed in this book. I especially liked the parts that described the fears and feelings about the “burned out” areas that our main character, Fors, had. This novel, although a sci-fi, will likely appeal to those who like authors like Louis L’Amour as well.
I liked it. I hope that you do too.