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Posted on 04/28/2012 11:07:16 AM PDT by pabianice
Years ago I read a novel in which men become extinct and society falls solely to women. One of the few male characters left in the world is a retired US Navy admiral. At the end of the novel, several women stand before a glass case, in which this guy -- now dead -- has been stuffed and mounted as an exotic specimen. The text is something along the lines: '(name), Vice-admiral, US Navy -- old style.' And the legend upon his glass case is, "It Served Us."
I have been trying to relocate a copy of this book but cannot remember the title. Google has failed. Help from fellow sci fi geeks would be appreciated.
Joanna Russ and James Tiptree Jr both wrote of world without men.
Interesting, but no. I am referring to a novel.
could it be this?
I know I’m being a smart alec, but why? Who wants a world without men?
Could it possibly be “Mr. Smith” by Pat Frank? A nuclear holocaust leaves Mr. Smith as the only available fertile man. It’s out of print, though.
I have no idea but it sounds interesting. I can’t wait for someone to figure it out for you.
I would like to piggyback a search of my own onto your thread. Years ago I read a science fiction novel about the extinction of the human race in the universe. The only parts I remember are that humans became very adept at space travel and traveled to all the inhabited worlds. eventually humans became disliked by the other intelligent species out of jealousy for their more advanced technology and for their desire to exert their will over the other planets.
I remember one part about how humans dominated the galactic olympics due to technology, bio engineering, and other enhancements of the human body. Without these enhancements, humans wouldn’t stand a chance against the other species in terms of athletic ability.
In the end, as with all empires, the human empire began to lose its advantage. The other planets gradually began to irradicate humans from their solar systems. They formed united galactic governments and worked together to drive out the humans from all places in the universe. The book ended with the last band of humans(like 4 women, 1 man, and 5 or 10 children I think) in the universe being hunted down on a distant planet. They fortified themselves in a cave with a doomsday device and told their pursuers to let them be or the entire planet would be destroyed. The creatures of this planet were so determined to exterminate the last of the humans that they sacrificed their own lives and the entire planet to achieve it. The humans detonated the doomsday device and the planet was destroyed.
That was the end of the book.
I’ve been trying to find this book for, I think, 25 years. I have no idea the title or the author.
Oops - I thought you wrote navel.
Sorry - can’t help. Does sound interesting.
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No; sorry. It’s not that.
There was a lot of this male-genocide SF in the seventies and eighties. I recall Marion Zimmer Bradley (herself a lifelong out lesbian) expressing horror and disgust with the “world without men=utopia” trend.
It's not what you're looking for, but you might like P.D. James's The Children of Men. It's about a world without children -- mass infertility.
Alfonso Cuaron directed the film and highjacked it to include illegal immigration themes that aren't in the book and that James probably wouldn't have approved of (though legally she did "approve" when she sold the movie rights).
Reminds me of John Wyndham’s “Consider Her Ways.” a fine novel by an excellent writer.
I found Mr. Adam by Pat Frank...
PD James, The Last Man or something like that
Is that the one where a biochemist’s wife and daughter are killed by Irish Terrorists in London, and he sets out to kill all THEIR women and it gets away from him?
“P.D. James’s The Children of Men.”
I very much enjoyed that book. And although I’ve never seen the movie it is clear after reading the book and just seeing the ads for the movie that they twisted the story a good deal. Needlessly I’d say.
“Is that the one where a biochemists wife and daughter are killed by Irish Terrorists in London, and he sets out to kill all THEIR women and it gets away from him?”
Yes, it is. But does it really get away from him, or is he pleased with the results?
Hubby gave me this book as it was always his fave. I wasn’t too thrilled with it, but I’d say the author gives a good portrayal of b*tchy Irish gals (I am one!).
I remember a book “No Blade of Grass” that was about some world-wide contagion. It might have had some men/women angle to it, but I really don’t remember the story at all anymore. I do remember I enjoyed reading it.
***I remember a book No Blade of Grass that was about some world-wide contagion.***
I saw the movie back in 1971. About a fungus that destroys grass and vegetation. Humans retreat into enclaves and fight each other to survive. Them men don’t all get killed.
yea, I kinda remember that book. Wasn’t the plague that killed the women on the back of postage stamps, that wouldn’t work today since we don’t lick them?
That was a virus that killed all the grasses in the world. Unfortunately, rice, wheat, oats, etc., are grasses. No male/female stuff.
Who wants a world without men?..... One of my ex-wives.
I consulted with the local Sci Fi Oracle and she has replied;
“The original was World Without Men by Eric Charles Maine published by Ace in the 1950s or early 60s. It was republishd with the title Alph by DelRay in 1973 or so.”
(My thanks to L. T. for the info!)
Is it The Children of Men, P. D. James?