(Paul Alexander’s cover for the 1977 edition)
2.75/5 (collated rating: Vaguely Average)
A while back I picked up a copy of George Zebrowski’s The Monadic Universe (1977) for my friend 2theD at Potpourri of Science Fiction Literature to supplement his suitcase of SF books he buys every year before heading back to Thailand. Before I sent it to him I read a single story “The History Machine” (1972) and was intrigued enough to buy the collection for myself.
Bluntly put Zebrowski’s post-apocalyptical, polluted, environment going to hell futures are dull and resort to random violence, sinister women characters, and lengthy information dumps. The stories containing metaphysical thought-experiments are slightly more successful although the lack of articulate prose weakens their power. I only recommend three Continue reading Book Review: The Monadic Universe, George Zebrowski (1977)