The Great Explosion

The Great Explosion

Russell, Eric Frank

Language: English

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub

Published: Jan 2, 1986

Words: 57721
Pages: 211


The Great Explosion is a 1962 satirical sf novel by Eric Frank Russell. In three sections, the final is based on his 1951 short story "And Then There Were None." It won a Prometheus Hall of Fame Award 23 years after publication. A cheap faster-than-light drive has permitted populating the galaxy. Each planet has become home for different social groups. 400 years post-diaspora, a Earth spaceship visits three, a 1st step to galactic unification. Things don't go as hoped, as the ship's incompetent military authoritarians encounter three very different societies. Once a penal colony, the 1st planet is a kleptocratic despotism. The 2nd, Hygeia, is populated by health & fitness fanatic nudists. The 3rd, Kassim, was colonized by a religious group. As the ship arrives they can't find anyone, only overgrown villages. They don't land as the captain fears disease. The 4th, K22g, has an unusual social system. The population call themselves Gands after Gandhi & practice a form of classless, philosophically anarchic libertarianism, based on passive resistance & a money-free economic system of barter & favor-exchange.