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Dad's Nuke

(1986)
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Publisher's Weekly
This dark comedy of surburban paranoia envisions 1998, when communities are armed camps, walling out the world and walling in their families. With no jobs and with automation rampant, people spend much of their time plugged in to computer simulations and lose touch with each other. They accept the apparently benevolent guidance of Doc Edison, who accelerates their aging as if they were so many laboratory rats. One-upmanship is still alive, though, and when Jock Smith plants a rocket launcher in his backyard, ''Dad'' Johnson responds with a nuclear reactor in his garage. (Doc Edison thoughtfully gene-splices the new Johnson baby so that she eats nuclear waste.) When the kids question this warped monument to fossil values, the whole scheme finally unravels. Though somewhat heavy-handed, this is an inventive and energetic satire reminiscent of the work of Philip K. Dick.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dad's Nuke
Author(s): Marc Laidlaw
ISBN: 0-917657-52-7 / 978-0-917657-52-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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September 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dad's Nuke
Author(s): Marc Laidlaw
ISBN: 0-575-03905-1 / 978-0-575-03905-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

January 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dad's Nuke
Author(s): Marc Laidlaw
ISBN: 1-888869-15-1 / 978-1-888869-15-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hardwired
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September 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dad's Nuke
Author(s): Marc Laidlaw
ISBN: 1-55547-147-1 / 978-1-55547-147-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Critics Choice Paperbacks
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April 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dad's Nuke
Author(s): Marc Laidlaw
ISBN: 0-586-07434-1 / 978-0-586-07434-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Kindle Editions

June 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dad's Nuke
Author(s): Marc Laidlaw
Publisher: Freestyle Press
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