Emergence by David R Palmer
Synopsis: Emergence is a science fiction novel by American writer David R. Palmer. It first appeared as a novella published in Analog Science Fiction in 1981; the same magazine also published Part II, “Seeking”, in 1983. The completed novel then was published by Bantam in 1984. The plot follows a precocious 11-year-old orphan girl, living in a post-apocalyptic United States. It had three printings through July 1985, and was republished in 1990 as a “Signature Special Edition” with a few minor edits and a new afterword by the author.
Published: October 1984 | ISBN-13: 978-0553255195
Mini-bio: David R. Palmer is an American science fiction author. He is married and lives in Florida, where he works as a court reporter. His works have been nominated three times for Hugo Awards Wikipedia
If Robert Heinlein wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but replaced the dumb vampires with Russian communists and nuclear bombs, you would get this daring little YA epistolary tale about a spunky pre-teen post-human in the middle of an apocalypse. It’s fun, suspenseful, and, dare I say, mind-blowing, and I’m going to keep talking about it until someone decides to republish this forgotten gem. – From 10 Great Books on Science Fiction (2)
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