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Science Fiction
  • Author:
    Spider Robinson
  • ISBN:
    0671559443
  • ISBN13:
    978-0671559441
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  • Publisher:
    Baen (May 1, 1985)
  • Pages:
    287 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Science Fiction
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  • Rating:
    4.5
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Award-winning author Spider Robinson is renowned for his "Callahan's Place" series of bestselling novels, the most recent being the Locus bestseller Callahan's Key (Bantam).

Award-winning author Spider Robinson is renowned for his "Callahan's Place" series of bestselling novels, the most recent being the Locus bestseller Callahan's Key (Bantam). With his wife, Jeanne, he has written the Hugo- and Nebula-winning "Stardance" series (Baen).

Spider Robinson (born November 24, 1948) is an American-born Canadian science fiction author. He has won a number of awards for his hard science fiction and humorous stories, . the Hugo Award 1977 and 1983, together with Jeanne in 1978 too. Robinson was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York; his father was a salesman. He was an avid reader of science fiction; his exposure in early childhood to the juvenile novels of Robert Heinlein later influenced him to become a writer.

Other books by spider robinson . This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Other books by spider robinson: Novels: TELEMPATH (1976). STARDANCE (1978) with Jeanne Robinson. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form. A Baen Book Baen Enterprises 8-10 W. 36th Street New York, . 10018 First Baen printing, May 1985 ISBN: 0-671-55944-3 Cover art by David Willson Library of Congress catalog data Robinson, Spider. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

c) 1985 by Spider Robinson; all rights reserved. For information contact Spider Robinson through Bibliobytes.

The discreet little bar that Jake Stonebender established a few blocks below Duval Street was named simply The Place. Opening night at Mary’s Place draws the refugees from the now-defunct Callahan’s Bar; and bartender Jake Stonebender quickly learns that Mary’s Place attracts as many bizarre events and persons – including a drunken leprechaun – as its beloved predecessor. The story, says Booklist, hangs together on the strength of Jake's appealing voice and the bar scene, which is hip and witty.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Spider and Jeanne met in the woods of Nova Scotia in the early 1970s, and have lived for the last 16 years in British Columbia, where they raise and exhibit hopes. Robinson is clearly trying - he presents the Black people in it as having legitimate grievances - but it makes me deeply uncomfortable that even a sympathetic. Spider now lives on Bowen Island, Vancouver, BC.

Spider is a terrific storyteller but he lost this voracious reader of all things Spider Robinson after I forced myself to finish his anti-American rant

Spider is a terrific storyteller but he lost this voracious reader of all things Spider Robinson after I forced myself to finish his anti-American rant. Hey, dude, WE have a Black President (who, as you may or may not know is an incompetent, arrogant and thoroughly racialist Marxist asshole). When are YOU bozo's going to elect an Inuit Prime Minister?).

Night of Power is a novel by Spider Robinson. This is a speculative fiction tale about a race war that could have happened in New York. The book, written in 1984 although first published a year later, is set in the year 1996. The story revolves around an interracial family that has to deal with a black revolution in New York. The title alludes to the Islamic holy day of Laylat al-Qadr, which is sometimes translated as "Night of Power".

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The place: a future New York City torn by racial tension and ripe for rebellion. The revolutionaries have high technology and careful planning on their side, their soldiers are well trained and sworn to secrecy, and their plans are unsuspected . . . until the Night of Power. Caught in the middle of the insurrection are Russell and Dena Grant and their daughter Jennifer, a 13-year-old whose genius-level intelligence saves her lifer more than once after insurrection breaks out. As an interracial couple, the Grants face the problems every couple does-but the Night of Power becomes the ultimate test, of their loyalty to each other and to their separate races.

Benn
I read this book in a college "Cultural Anthropology" class around 1986 or so, the same year "Eyes on the Prize" was airing on PBS. Both the book and the documentary series were real eye-openers for a small-town middle-America kid! I never forgot the book and its disturbing content, especially the very real statistics and news items with which the author preceeds each chapter. While this 2005 mass-market edition is still a good book, it is NOT the same book I read in college. At first I thought my memory was responsible for what felt like significant changes from the story I recalled, so I dug out my old, dog-earred copy and compared the two. Then I found a tiny footnote on the title page of the newer Baen edition: "Newly revised by the author for this edition." OH. This is not just an updating of research , statictics, etc. Some of the revisions are drastic and definately weaken and dilute the book and its message. I doubt I would have recalled the book so clearly for 20 years if I had read this edition first. I wonder what prompted the author to so dramatically alter the original?
Xor
I was surprised by this early take on racism in America - Robinson never afraid to take on issues and make you squirm a bit as his characters examine their own moral dilemas when faced with life and death situations. I live in NYC during the time he was writing this...the "future" he describes is now long past - but not completely inaccurate. As always, the action is fantastic. One of my favorite writers, and I'm delighted this is available!
Gindian
Spider Robinson always comes thru.
Fohuginn
A great story of love, prejudices and revolution.
Tujar
So if you like the guy, you'll like this book. I do like Spider Robinson, but I sometimes find his writing to be awfully smug for what it is. All that said, Night of Power is a fun read, which will make you think (maybe not *much*, but some)
Ydely
Spider Robinson is one of the best authors the world has ever produced. Read it and you will have loved it.
ladushka
Scary future that is still available to us unless we fix things, soon.
By the way, by "us" I mean "you Americans", your society is still in the aftermath of that cruel slavery and segregation, people are still being sorted by pigmentation, sigh, and this is a very realistic outcome of too many people too pissed off for too many generations.

As always with Robinson, I love the characters and the ideas and the writing!
Can not think of anything to nitpick, apart from maybe the sheer coinsidence of the main characters stumbling into the situation the way they do. But okay, that is what main characters do, we the audience need a way to see the situation from the inside, as outsiders, so I will accept the premisse, and even the similarity to his other main characters of other books, I am assuming he uses himself and his family as models again?
I read this in the late 80s/early 90s. A white friend mailed it to me and told me I would love it, merely because I'm black. I remember the arrival to 1996 New York, statistically one of the safest cities on the planet, the robbery of their tires while they sat in their car watching. The half-black girl loathing her blackness, dreaming in rap sequences. Everything in this book that was black was negative. I took it as a jaw-dropping slap in the face. My white friend thought me militant and too political because I so loathed this book. This pessimistic and insulting novel was "prophetic" the same way the movie Class of 1999 was, with things so out of hand by 1999 that they needed military androids to control the kids.