Books: Doomster

EARTH ABIDES (373 pp.)—George R. Sfewart—Random House ($3).

If all the books about the finish of the human race were laid end to end, authors might get the idea and stop writing them. Until then, readers can only hope that once in a while somebody will write a pretty good one, as bestselling Author George R. Stewart (Storm) has done.

The fashion in finishes was once fire or flood, but recently the doomsters have gone atomic or bacteriological. Stewart is a measles man—"super-measles"—but he has no stomach to describe the death agonies he inflicts.

Instead, he is more interested in what happens to the...

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