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Assignment in Nowhere THE COMING OF THE BLIGHTIt seemed as though the world was eroding right under everyone s feet Stories disappeared from magazines the baron s silver coat of arms, polished in the morning, was pitted with corrosion by afternoon toadstools were springing up from every corner And these were but the first signs of the coming plague, a cancerous orgy of patternless vitality seeking to engulf the worldTO STEM THE TIDECarefree Johnny Curlon, indelicately plucked from his fishing boat one evening, is bluntly informed by high powers that he is a man destined for a role in great affairs only his unique powers can prevent the coming probability crisis that threatens to turn the world into bubbling chaos


About the Author: Keith Laumer

John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author Prior to becoming a full time writer, he was an officer in the U.S Air Force and a U.S diplomat His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz also mentioned in Keith s The Other Side of Time.Keith Laumer aka J.K Laumer, J Keith Laumer is best known for his Bolo stories and his satirical Retief series The former chronicles the evolution of juggernaut sized tanks that eventually become self aware through the constant improvement resulting from centuries of intermittent warfare against various alien races The latter deals with the adventures of a cynical spacefaring diplomat who constantly has to overcome the red tape infused failures of people with names like Ambassador Grossblunder The Retief stories were greatly influenced by Laumer s earlier career in the United States Foreign Service In an interview with Paul Walker of Luna Monthly, Laumer states I had no shortage of iniquitous memories of the Foreign Service Four of his shorter works received Hugo or Nebula Award nominations one of them, In the Queue , received nominations for both and his novel A Plague of Demons was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966.During the peak years of 1959 1971, Laumer was a prolific science fiction writer, with his novels tending to follow one of two patterns fast paced, straight adventures in time and space, with an emphasis on lone wolf, latent superman protagonists, self sacrifice and transcendence or, broad comedies, sometimes of the over the top variety In 1971, Laumer suffered a stroke while working on the novel The Ultimax Man As a result, he was unable to write for a few years As he explained in an interview with Charles Platt published in The Dream Makers 1987 , he refused to accept the doctors diagnosis He came up with an alternative explanation and developed an alternative and very painful treatment program Although he was unable to write in the early 1970s, he had a number of books which were in the pipeline at the time of the stroke published during that time.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 Alas, Retief to the Rescue doesn t seem so much like a new Retief novel, but a kind of Cuisnart m lange of past books Somtow Sucharitkul Washington Post, Mar 27, 1983 p BW11 His Bolo creations were popular enough that other authors have written standalone science fiction novels about them.Laumer was also a model airplane enthusiast, and published two dozen designs between 1956 and 1962 in the U.S magazines Air Trails, Model Airplane News and Flying Models, as well as the British magazine Aero Modeler He published one book on the subject, How to Design and Build Flying Models in 1960 His later designs were mostly gas powered free flight planes, and had a whimsical charm with names to match, like the Twin Lizzie and the Lulla Bi His designs are still being revisited, reinvented and built today.



10 thoughts on “Assignment in Nowhere

  1. says:

    3.5 stars Another fun book by Laumer where his stories of time travel are actually jumping from 1 alternate reality to another This is the last book in the Imperium omnibus, although there s a 4th book in the series.This time around, the lead from the first 2 novels takes a backseat By doing this, Laumer was able to use the wide eyed innocence again, while still trusting to a deg


  2. says:

    I love it It s a beautiful parable of love, destiny, freedom and sacrifice That s all that matters.


  3. says:

    Pretty disappointing, but it held my interest enough that I give it 3 stars The first book of this series Worlds of the Imperium was really fun and the second The Other Side of Time was acceptable Eric Flint says in the postscript to the epub omnibus of this series that Keith Laumer was never very concerned with continuity, and I agree That foible is to the detriment of this book, however the plot


  4. says:

    1982 grade Baka Beyond The Imperium part of it at least my series book WI2


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