Books: Strangeloves Einstein's Monsters

by Martin Amis Harmony; 149 pages; $12.95

Martin Amis, 37, is the gifted author of five novels, including the extravagantly comic Money: A Suicide Note. He is a second-generation angry young man who, unlike his father Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim), nurtures his distemper from sources that go beyond the real and imagined injuries of Britain's class system. Einstein's Monsters consists of a long lead essay followed by five fantasies, all charged with forebodings of nuclear disaster. In addition to high verbal energy and flashes of satiric genius, the stories hum with the resentment and loathing of a man who fears for his natural ( patrimony, the earth, the...