Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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The Tale of the Night of the Long Knives by Fritz Leiber is a tale of men and women at the end of the world.  (The book was written in 1960 and published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories.)   The story takes place in a  world remade by Nuclear Holocaust.  
"I was one hundred miles from Nowhere—and I mean that literally—when I spotted this girl out of the corner of my eye. I'd been keeping an extra lookout because I still expected the other undead bugger left over from the murder party at Nowhere to be stalking me."
The main character, Ray Baker, is a self justified murder and survivalist in the anarchic land.   His weapon he relys on he has named "Mother." He walks in a land where only the strong will survive.   Baker's philosophy is that there is aesthetics in homicide."we talk, mostly to ourselves, about the aesthetics of homicide; we occasionally admit, but only each to himself alone, that we're just plain nuts." Fritz Leiber. The Night of the Long Knives (Kindle Locations 129-130).But then he finds a beautiful girl and the  urge for sex is driving him in new directions.
Leiber asks the reader to consider: "Is murder ever justified?" "Where is civility when the civilized institutions have been destroyed?" "Where is the higher level of self in a land gone to dandelion fluff?"

One can listen to this tale from Libri Vox (The Cast of the Production Are:)

Total running time: 3:20:23
Read by Phil Chenevert

In addition to the reader, this audio book was produced by:
Dedicated Proof-Listener: April Gonzales
Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: Phil Chenevert

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