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Overview

This spectacular novel established Thomas M. Disch as a major new force in science fiction. First published in 1965, it was immediately labeled a masterpiece reminiscent of the works of J.G. Ballard and H.G. Wells

In this harrowing novel, the world's cities have been reduced to cinder and ash and alien plants have overtaken the earth.  The plants, able to grow the size of maples in only a month and eventually reach six hundred feet, have commandeered the world's soil ...

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Overview

This spectacular novel established Thomas M. Disch as a major new force in science fiction. First published in 1965, it was immediately labeled a masterpiece reminiscent of the works of J.G. Ballard and H.G. Wells

In this harrowing novel, the world's cities have been reduced to cinder and ash and alien plants have overtaken the earth.  The plants, able to grow the size of maples in only a month and eventually reach six hundred feet, have commandeered the world's soil and are sucking even the Great Lakes dry. In northern Minnesota, Anderson, an aging farmer armed with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, desperately leads the reduced citizenry of a small town in a daily struggle for meager existence. Throw into this fray Jeremiah Orville, a marauding outsider bent on a bizarre and private revenge, and the fight to live becomes a daunting task.

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"One of the most remarkably talented writers around." -The Washington Post Book World

"[Disch] is without doubt one of the really bright . . . lights on the American SF scene." — Fantasy and Science Fiction

Library Journal
Disch's brief 1965 novel finds Earth's cities demolished and the surface overrun by a species of alien flora that grow as high as 600', which are draining off the world's water supply and threatening human existence. A Midwest farmer and small group, however, are devising a plan to do a little weeding. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375705465
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,024,060
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Disch lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    Well-written, but a bit over the top.

    This well-written novel is based on an intriguing idea: that giant alien trees cover the Earth and threaten to wipe out all other forms of life, including humankind. But the story becomes bogged down in a power stuggle among a small group of people in the Northlands, and goes overboard with violence. I also found the ending to be too abrupt. I wanted to know more about the alien farmers.

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