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A plague of pythons

Author: Frederik Pohl
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1965. ©1965
Series: Ballantine Science Fiction, U2174
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The world is reduced to a grim struggle of existence after a plague of madness that afflicted individuals at random. Some two years previously, every government in the world was attacked by its own military machinery, which then self-destructed. All civilian air transport was similarly destroyed, along with major cities like San Francisco. After the initial meltdown, peolple began claiming to be "possessed". They  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Novels
Fiction
Science fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederik Pohl
OCLC Number: 12529540
Notes: First printing September 1965.
"U2174"--Front cover and spine.
"A Ballantine science fiction original"--Front cover.
"An eighth plague had hit the world--worse than all the ancient seven put together!"--Front cover.
Description: 158 pages ; 18 cm
Series Title: Ballantine Science Fiction, U2174
Responsibility: Frederik Pohl.

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The world is reduced to a grim struggle of existence after a plague of madness that afflicted individuals at random. Some two years previously, every government in the world was attacked by its own military machinery, which then self-destructed. All civilian air transport was similarly destroyed, along with major cities like San Francisco. After the initial meltdown, peolple began claiming to be "possessed". They would commit crimes of violence, but afterward they would claim to have had no control over their actions. This leads to superstitions about demonic possessions, as well as a novel legal defense.

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