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  1. #1 The Dechronization of Sam Magruder by George Gaylord Simpson 
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    Told strongly in the Wellisan tradition, and highly reminiscent of Wells' own The Time Machine, George Gaylord Simpson's The Dechronization of Sam Magruder is probably something that Wells himself would be envious of. Simpson was a very well known evolutionist who helped advance that science considerably during his life. He also apparently was a fan of SF, and in addition to a number of scientific tomes, managed to squeeze in a single SF novelette sometime during his life. I have not been able to find out when exactly he penned the tale, but I suspect it was some time ago, what with its references to "scientifiction" and "rocket routes" between cities. Published originally in 1994, some ten years after Simpson's death, it has made a mark among Wells' and Simpson's scholars...Please click here, or on the book cover above, to be taken to the complete review..


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    Well the cover has given me a migrane, but can't judge a book by it's cover.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Megabrain
    Well the cover has given me a migrane,.
    I would imagine Megabrain that the migraine is necessarily outsize.
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    Its not that nasty in the hand. Something about the Amazon picture that I absconded with for the review.

    Great book though, and a surprising SF find by a well respected scientist. I don't think he wrote any other fiction in his life.
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    Nice review, but I just wanted to comment on this part:
    As I mentioned above, I have no idea when this thing was written, but I suspect that it was back in the Gernsback days.
    Assuming "Gernsback days" refers to the pulp era of the 20s and 30s, I think it must have been written much later than that, given that the book makes reference to the theory that dinosaurs were warm-blooded. Pretty sure that idea wasn't seriously considered by scientists until Robert Bakker proposed it in 1968, and I was under the impression it didn't gain a lot of popularity until the 70s and 80s (see this section of wikipedia's Dinosaur renaissance article). The references to "scientifiction" could have just been Simpson's nostalgic callback to the sci-fi of his youth, and "rocket routes" could be too although I don't think that's actually such a dated idea for a story set over a century in the future (rockets would be a much faster way of traveling after all, if planes could go that that fast we wouldn't have bothered to put nuclear bombs on ICBMs during the cold war!)
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