War With the Newts

War With the Newts

Book - 1990
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An inspiration to writers such as Orwell and Vonnegut, this is one of the great anti-utopian satires of the twentieth century and is now regarded as a modern classic. Man discovers a species of giant, intelligent newts and learns to exploit them so successfully that they gain enough skills and arms to challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom. 'God bless Catbird Press for calling the attention to a great writer of the past who speaks to the present in a voice brilliant, clear, honorable, blackly funny and prophetic.' - Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Highland Park, N.J. : Catbird Press, [1990]
ISBN: 9780945774105
Branch Call Number: CAPEK K
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Osers, Ewald 1917-2011.


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Jan 29, 2010

This is a classic study of suppression and struggle for "human" rights. Though a work of fiction, it has relevance to both historical events and other works of fiction. It reads very much like some of Jules Verne's fiction. I would also recommend Capek's "The Absolute At Large", which puts a unique religious spin on nuclear fission.

In case you didn't know. Capek coined the word "robot" in his not-so-great play Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R.) ... although his robots were biological like (but simpler than) the replicants in "Blade Runner" (unlike the androids in the book "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep" that movie was based on).


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