The Absolute at Large

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U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - Fiction - 242 pages
28 Reviews
In this satirical classic, a brilliant scientist invents the Karburator, a reactor that can create abundant and practically free energy. However, the Karburator?s superefficient energy production also yields a powerful by-product. The machine works by completely annihilating matter and in so doing releases the Absolute, the spiritual essence held within all matter, into the world. Infected by the heady, pure Absolute, the world?s population becomes consumed with religious and national fervor, the effects of which ultimately cause a devastating global war. Set in the mid-twentieth century, The Absolute at Large questions the ethics and rampant spread of power, mass production, and atomic weapons that Karel Capek saw in the technological and political revolutions occurring around him. Stephen Baxter provides an introduction for this Bison Books edition.
  

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User Review  - Lauren - Goodreads

Can't categorize this as a must read, but it was interesting. It helped to keep in mind the context of the writer; 1920s in newly formed Czechoslovakia, and that it is meant to be political satire ... Read full review

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User Review  - Květuše Konvičková - Goodreads

The idea of the book is interesting, but the story is kinda slow, sometimes almost boring. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER PACE I THE ADVERTISEMENT I
1
THE KARBURATOR
8
PANTHEISM
16
GOD IN THE CELLAR
25
BISHOP LINDA
34
THE BOARDMEETING
45
DEVELOPMENTS
53
THE DREDGE
60
THE HAMMER AND STAR
138
IN THE NIGHT EDITORS ROOM
144
THE PROCESS OF CANONIZATION
153
ST KILDA
160
CHAPTER PAGE XXI THE TELEGRAM
170
TH OLD PATRIOT
177
THE AUGSBURG IMBROGLIO
191
THE NAPOLEON OF THE MOUNTAIN BRIGADE
195

THE CEREMONY
71
SAINT ELLEN
79
THE FIRST BLOW STRUCK
87
DOCTOR BLAHOUS
96
THE CHRONICLERS APOLOGY
103
THE LAND OF PLENTY
110
DISASTER
120
IN THE MOUNTAINS
129
THE SOCALLED GREATEST WAR
202
THE BATTLE OF HRADEC KRALOVE
209
A CORAL ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC
216
AT SEVEN COTTAGES
223
THE LAST BATTLE
230
THE END OF EVERYTHING
236
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Karel Capek (1890?1938) was an acclaimed Czech author of novels, plays, essays, political writings, and short stories. His works include R.U.R., the famous play in which Capek coined the word ?robot.? Stephen Baxter is the author of several science-fiction works, including the Philip K. Dick Award?winning Vacuum Diagrams, and the coauthor, along with Arthur C. Clarke, of The Light of Other Days.

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