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eBook Long Twilight ePub

by Keith Laumer

  • ISBN: 0441489281
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Keith Laumer
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ace (January 1, 1986)
  • ePub book: 1927 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1958 kb
  • Other: azw mobi lrf lit
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 660

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John Keith Laumer (June 9, 1925 – January 23, 1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the United States Air Force and a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service.

John Keith Laumer (June 9, 1925 – January 23, 1993) was an American science fiction author. His older brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Laumer's The Other Side of Time). Frank Laumer, their youngest brother, is a historian and writer.

The Long Twilight (1969) is a standalone short SF novel. Highly recommended for Laumer fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of close combat, delayed vengeance and personal charisma. It starts in the far past and carries through to the near future. Captain-Lieutenant Gralgrathor is stranded on Terra far in the past.

THE IMMORTAL DUEL Grayle and Falconer clashed first in the dark times before History began-and their meetings over the ages were the stuff of bloody legend. Now the climax to their long hatred was at hand-and they raced to meet at their final battlegroun. rogue atomic power plant that menaced all of Earth! "An exotic combination of myth and method makes for a fine thrille. ery good!"

Highly recommended for Laumer fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of weird events, human perversity, and heroic action.

These tales are not related to any of the major story cycles by the author. The Long Twilight (Putnam, 1969) is a short novel. Two members of an offworld civilization have been fighting each other for millennia. They have a final collision at a time when the USA is building its first beamed power unit. Highly recommended for Laumer fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of weird events, human perversity, and heroic action.

Keith Laumer (aka . Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his satirical Retief series

Keith Laumer (aka . Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his satirical Retief series. In the mid-1970s, Laumer partially recovered from the stroke and resumed writing. However, the quality of his work suffered and his career declined (Piers Anthony, How Precious Was That While, 2002). In later years Laumer also reused scenarios and characters from his earlier works to create "new" books, which some critics felt was to their detriment

Keith Laumer (1925-1993) John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was an officer in the United States Air Force

Keith Laumer (1925-1993) John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was an officer in the United States Air Force. After war service, he spent a year at the University of Stockholm, and then took two bachelor's degrees in science and architecture at the University of Illinois. His first story, Greylorn, was published in 1959, but he returned to the Air Force the following year, only becoming a full-time writer in 1965

In 'The Long Twilight', Grayle and Falconer's long battle is nearing its climax and the final battleground is an uncontrolled experimental power plant that threatens the Earth itself. Format:Mass Market Paperback.

In 'The Long Twilight', Grayle and Falconer's long battle is nearing its climax and the final battleground is an uncontrolled experimental power plant that threatens the Earth itself.

Title: The Long Twilight Author: Keith Laumer About the book: Laumer hands us a combination of myth and sci fi. Two immortal being have dueled since the beginning of history and their bloody meetings continue. This time an atomic power plant menaces Earth. Very Good +. Pages nice and tight.

Keith Laumer, well-known for his tales of adventure and action, shows us a different side of his talent in this original, exciting and thought-provoking exploration of. .John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author

Keith Laumer, well-known for his tales of adventure and action, shows us a different side of his talent in this original, exciting and thought-provoking exploration of the meaning of meaning. John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the United States Air Force and a .

Books related to The Long Twilight. A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella. The Nemesis Program (Ben Hope, Book 9). Scott Mariani.

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skyjettttt skyjettttt
I first read this when I was in - what presently called "middle school" (it was Junior High back then). I fell in love with the writings of Keith Laumer then and lost myself in his cynical, tongue-in-cheek satire of the diplomatic service with his Evergreen "Retief" series. I even convinced my wife to read this book recently and she loved it - except for the end. SPOILER ALERT. She doesn't like "bad endings". Enough said. In my not-so-humble-opinion, you can still have a great book even if a major character buys the farm. I highly recommend this book!
TheFresh TheFresh
I read the title story many years ago & thoroughly enjoyed it so the re-reading was a treat. The short stories were well done & vintage Laumer. Only reason I didn't give it five stars was the 2nd 'novelette', (Night of Illusions) did not capture my interest. I personally dislike stories of dreams within dreams, illusions of illusions, & delusions on such a grand scale. On a side note, the 'cover art' of this particular copy is distracting & misleading. No such demon/monster is in any story in the book.
JoJolar JoJolar
Re-reading old favorites.
Kigabar Kigabar
Everything was ok.
Marelyne Marelyne
The Long Twilight and Other Stories (2007) is an omnibus edition of two short novels and four short stories. These tales are not related to any of the major story cycles by the author.

The Long Twilight (Putnam, 1969) is a short novel. Two members of an offworld civilization have been fighting each other for millennia. They have a final collision at a time when the USA is building its first beamed power unit. It is thematically similar to A Trace of Memory, but has a very different ending.

Birthday Party (Asimov's, 1978) is about a couple on the day of their child's fiftieth birthday. The child has been modified to have an extended lifespan.

The Half Man (IF, 1969) tells of a half-breed male who returns to the planet of his mother as an adult. His father is onplanet and learns of his presence.

The Lawgiver (The Year 2000, 1970) recounts the story of a Senator who sponsors a bill on population control that mandates first trimester abortions for fetuses conceived without a birth permit. Then a highly pregnant young woman appears in his suite carrying the illegitimate child of his son.

The Plague (Analog, 1970) relates the troubles of a pioneer family when a bureaucratic agency starts settling poverty victims on their land. Naturally, the head bureaucrat appropriates their home as headquarters of the colonization effort.

Night of Delusions (Putnam, 1972) is a short novel. It is a film noir detective story that turns into a nightmare. Florin is hired to bodyguard an insane Senator while his associates use technological illusions to shock him into reality. But events start out bad and go downhill. Then things get really weird.

These stories illustrate several major themes that appear in many of the author's writings. One is the loner with extraordinary physical ability and a quick wit. Another is the incompetence and arrogance of bureaucratic agencies. Others include the importance of camaraderie, patience and knowledge.

Highly recommended for Laumer fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of weird events, human perversity, and heroic action.

-Arthur W. Jordin
Uscavel Uscavel
The Long Twilight (1969) is a standalone short SF novel. It starts in the far past and carries through to the near future.

Captain-Lieutenant Gralgrathor is stranded on Terra far in the past. He is captured by primitives and carried to their home on a sailing ship. In a fight with their leader, Gralgrathor is the winner and is accepted into the tribe.

Over the years, Gralgrathor becomes the leader of the tribe and takes a wife. Then Commander Lokrien disobeys orders to rescue him. Lokrien takes Gralgrathor to his ship and asks if he is ready to leave.

Gralgrathor states that he is not willing to leave his wife and child. After more discussion, Gralgrathor goes for a walk to think about the offer and returns to find his family dead and Lokrien gone. He vows vengeance upon Lokrien.

In this novel, many centuries have passed. Grayle has been imprisoned for murder. He has been a model prisoner for many years, but then he runs amok and is transferred to another prison. On the way, he escapes by extraordinary feats of strength and agility.

Grayle acquires a companion during his escape. Anne Rogers came to live near the prison after her brother was confined there. Her brother died a few months ago, but she is still living nearby. She volunteers to drive him out of the area.

Falconer is living in Princeton. At an all-night diner, he hires John Zabisky -- a cab driver -- to drive his car. Although the new man is unaware of the purpose, they set out on a search for a lost spaceship. When they are stopped by a military cordon, Falconer steals a half track and continues cross country.

Grayle and Falconer converge on the buried spaceship. Xix is hidden by a pile of rocks, but is still partially functional. Xix considers Gralgrathor to be a traitor and wants to kill him, but Lokrien forbids the ship to execute Gralgrathor.

In this story, the government has built a prototype of a beamed power station. The media and VIPs are present for the switchover of several governmental facilities and public utilities to the new power system. After the station is functioning, the technical staff start monitoring its efficiency. They find losses in the system.

Meteorologists on the weather satellite notice an anomalous formation centered west of Somerset Island in the Bermudas. Despite being located in a high pressure area, it is now three miles wide and steadily growing larger. It swallows a thirty-five foot cabin cruiser and then sucks in a Navy plane.

The technicians at the beamed power station detect two unauthorized drains on the system. One is located in the nearby mountains, but the major drain is dead center on the huge conical weather pattern off the Bermudas.

This tale is an adventure through time. Gralgrathor was probably stranded among the ancestors of the Norse clans. Lokrien seems to have come looking for his lost comrade several decades later. The conflict between these two was eventually incorporated into Norse mythology.

The novel is thematically similar to A Trace of Memory and other works by the author, but has a very different ending. Gralgrathor and Lokrien are warriors from an ancient galactic civilization. They fight against each other for more than a millennium and now face one another for the last time.

This novel is not among the best works of the author. Yet it is a very interesting story. Enjoy!

Highly recommended for Laumer fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of close combat, delayed vengeance and personal charisma.

-Arthur W. Jordin
Arashilkis Arashilkis
I am a big fan of Keith Laumer. I have enjoyed many of his other works. I found The Long Twilight to be jagged and disjointed. The premise of the tale has an interesting core. Two long lived beings struggle against each other forming the basis of the legends we know about Thor and Loki from Norse mythology. But for me this lacked the magical spark of other Laumer works.