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Read & Download Judgment Night A Selection of Science Fiction Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ This limited edition facsimile reprint volume is a complete reproduction of the original first edition published by Gnome Press in 1952 and includes a full color dust jacket protective slipcase and biographA gifted wordsmith working at the height of her talentsContents3 • Judgment Night • 1952 • novel by C L Moore157 • Paradise Street • 1950 • novella by C L Moore213 • Promised Land • 1950 • novelette by C L Moore242 • The Code • 1945 • novelette by C L Moore289 • Heir Apparent • 1950 • novelette by C L Moore. I was brought to this book by 1000 Books to Read Before You DieFrankly I'm surprised that such a lightweight piece of pulpy space opera made it onto that list It seems to be a very random choice The prose is awkward throughout with words like millenniums and resistless Reading it as at times like wading through a swamp There are no real characters to speak of Just the sort of stock placeholders you find in mediocre comic strips And the love story is about as predictable as they comeStill the ending was pretty good Not enough to wow me But pretty good

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This limited edition facsimile reprint volume is a complete reproduction of the original first edition published by Gnome Press in 1952 and includes a full color dust jacket protective slipcase and biographical information about the author Four different worlds Five different tales of conflict and discovery All of them the uniue visions. I'd always presumed Judgment Night by CL Moore to be a seuel to Doomsday Morning another near future SF thriller My pursuit was therefore low key But it turns out that Judgment Night is in fact Moore's ultimate space opera a work that towers above Northwest Smith and Jirel of Joiry as unlikely as that sounds and remains one of the most entertaining and apocalpytic works of SF in the entire genre John Clute knew In an email discussion of all things Meyrink the subject of Judgment Night snuck in Just finished reading Judgment Night he wrote uite an astonishing indictment of Western Civilization Corp for John W Campbell to have swallowed neatuite a coincidence I replied I recently stumbled on Judgment Night in the used bookstore These last two nights I've been feasting on it It is shaping up as perhaps my favorite Moore And later I can only imagine John Campbell was otherwise distracted when he published it Yeah said John in every possible way JN contradicts the received wisdom about Campbell's career long insistence that homo sapiens prevail I figure maybe the RW on JWC may be valid after WW2 when his attitudes began not only to harden but to prevail see correspondence with Heinlein for early examples of when they precisely did not prevailI had long been drawn to Moore's work along with that of Kuttner and Brackett and Harness But none of the other novels is so memorable and yet so unknown It begins The hundred emperors of Ericon looked down gravely out of their hundred pasts upon Juille striding with a ring of spurs through the colored twilight of their sanctumJuille is cousin to Jirel of Joiry Moore's far better known heroine who also wore spurs And Juille's apocalyptic bent is perfectly suited for an empire at the end of its days; at the cusp of fire It was a fool's work to let the H'vani live Juille gave her father a bright violet glare I'd have wiped them out if it meant the end of the empire I'd have killed every creature wth a drop of H'vani blood I'd have razed every building on every world they had and sown the rocks with radium I'd have left their whole dead system hanging in the sky as a warning for all time to come I'll do it yet by the Hundred Emperors I willAnd Juille tries her best We've got to fight father Everyone says so but you Nothing anyone can do will prevent it now Looking down her father saw on the girl's face a look he knew very well the terrible pride of a human who has tasted the attributes of divinity who rules the turning worlds and the very stages in their courses He knew she would not relent He knew she could not There were dark days ahead that he could not alterJuille's tale refuses to move in the direction she wishes of course though she is an arrow shot from Moore's bow There's little dithering little talk The pace is uick the page count low Through a series of memorable set pieces including a a tour de force pre vision of Michael Bay widescreen destruction Juille single handedly demolishes or so very nearly the artificial world on which she's trapped

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Judgment Night A Selection of Science FictionOf science fiction master CL Moore presented here in her first published book Judgment Night Released in 1952 from Gnome Press Judgment Night collects five Moore novellas from the pages of editor John W Campbell Jr's Astounding Science Fiction magazine Chosen by the author herself as the best of her longer form writing these stories show. One of the numerous kerfuffles in the SFF field last year came when some dinosaur or other wrote a post about women destroying science fiction by mixing in ugh relationships and all that suashy stuff As is so often the case it triggered a creative reaction in the form of a Kickstarter for a special women destroy science fiction issue of one of the pro magazines Well as this book shows women have been destroying science fiction for a good long time now and doing it very well These stories date from the 1950s and when I compare them to some of the stories from the same period written by men there's an extra element an extra depth of personal and emotional significance that I usually think of as a product of the New Wave that came a decade later To overgeneralise genre fiction tends to have a lot of external action and less focus on the significance of that action while literary fiction is the other way around Moore brings both together and each of these stories has both aspects events that form a plot and another layer of significance laid over the topThe first story from which the title comes would almost work as fantasy It's a galactic empire story but the planets could eually well be countries especially since the only one described in detail has only one climate for the whole planet like Hoth or Dagobah and for the most part the technology could eually well be magic Some of the weapons though work better as technology and they're fairly important to the plot It's an almost Shakespearian tragedy a kind of reverse Romeo and Juliet in which the main characters' relationship fails to bring their factions together in part because they aren't ready to commit to it fully or at least she isn't The oracle character tells the female protagonist that she will make the wrong choice because her instincts are wrong and those instincts have been trained away from emotional connection in the direction of war The woman in other words has become like a man and this leads to tragedy not only for her and her lover but for all their people Paradise Street the second story is very much a space Western but again it has a depth and significance which lies in the relationships between the characters The loner protagonist because of his hatred of how his beloved frontier world is becoming settled and his livelihood is passing rejects and even betrays his friends but is ultimately rescued from his bad decisions because they refuse to give up on him The third story Promised Land is also driven by passion but this time it's a man's passion for justice He's the chosen heir of the genetically modified tyrant of Ganymede his patron has deliberately sent him to the school of hard knocks and yet he retains connection and compassion for the Ganymedans He's the other half of his patron the part that fights for others at cost to himself The fourth story The Code was I felt the weakest of the collection It reminds me most of Poe particularly The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar largely because of the use of a completely unrealistic version of hypnosis as a key plot point It's thick with overlong passages of baseless sciencebabble which for me obscure and distract from the not particularly strong premise a man's elderly father receives treatment to reverse his ageing and starts turning into someone else from another time track Moore draws on her literary background and weaves in comparisons to the Faust legend I still wouldn't call it a bad story but it's not as good as the others and could have benefited from being shorterThe final story Heir Apparent is in the same setting as Promised Land genetically modified humans are colonising the solar system That's not what it's about though It's about a kind of almost mystical gestalt that groups of people use to solve problems mediated by a machine and what happens when some of those men are expelled from the gestalt and have to cope in the outside world Hypnosis features again this time preventing two men from killing each other The outward events have to do with a political struggle but the inner significance is to do with how human thought and human values must interact with even the greatest machine It's not as good as the first three stories I felt but works better than the fourth I read the ebook edition from Singularity Co I really wish they would run a spell check after they scan and OCR because virtually all of the errors I spotted in it could have been picked up by one It's frustrating to be distracted from an otherwise fine book because of a scanning error that could have been easily corrected