Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jun 23, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
18 Reviews

From Robert Charles Wilson, the Hugo Award-winning author of Spin, comes Julian Comstock, an exuberant adventure in a post-climate-change America.

In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York. In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs. In Labrador, the Army wages war on the Dutch. America, unified, is rising once again.

Then out of Labrador come tales of the war hero "Captain Commongold." The masses follow his adventures in the popular press. The Army adores him. The President is...troubled. Especially when the dashing Captain turns out to be his nephew Julian, son of the President's late brother Bryceóa popular general who challenged the President's power, and paid the ultimate price.

As Julian ascends to the pinnacle of power, his admiration for the works of the Secular Ancients sets him at fatal odds with the Dominion. Treachery and intrigue will dog him as he closes in on the accomplishment of his lifelong ambition: to make a film about the life of Charles Darwin.

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Review: Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America

User Review  - Robert Kroese - Goodreads

Wow, this book is long. Er, I mean sprawling. This is one hell of a sprawling book. It's like 600 pages sprawling. OK, the good: Wilson's prose is impeccable. I wish I could write sentences like this ... Read full review

Review: Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America

User Review  - Nzric - Goodreads

I had high hopes for this novel. The idea and the overall plot is very strong, and the world is well imagined, but overall this story has the feel of something that was outlined in an essay format and ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
A PINEBARK EDEN or THE CARIBOUHORN TRAIN
3
THE INVENTION OF CAPTAIN COMMONGOLD
117
EVENTS PATRIOTIC AND OTHERWISE
311
A SEASON IN THE LAND GOD GAVE TO CAIN
415
JULIAN CONQUEROR including THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF THE GREAT NATURALIST CHARLES DARWIN
513
EPILOGUE
683
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
691
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About the author (2009)

ROBERT CHARLES WILSON was born in California and lives in Toronto. His novel Spin won the Hugo Award in 2006. He won the Philip K. Dick Award for his debut novel A Hidden Place; Canadaís Aurora Award for Darwinia; and the John W. Campbell Award for The Chronoliths.

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