The Long Twilight
Copyright 1969 by
I first read this in 1972 and most recently on the 3rd April 2007
Today the USA starts a radical change-over to broadcast power. No more
power cables crisscrossing the country, now the power is beamed directly to the
requesting devices. A tremendous step into the future.
Contemporaneously, a tornado
develops in the Bermudas. It's getting very big indeed. Astoundingly big. And
the rate it is growing is scary indeed. There can't be any connection with the
new broadcast power system can there?
Grayle has been a resident at Caine Island Federal Penitentiary for many years.
He's no trouble for the guards, he keeps quiet and of course nowadays he's an old guy.
Odd then that at about the same time as the power broadcast commences and the
tornado starts, and - after all the years of quietude - Grayle becomes
disruptive, a serious problem for the warden.
Grayle's bout of bad behaviour does bring to light the rather surprising fact
that no one knows just how long he's been in prison. Apparently he murdered
a man with an axe. But the original records are missing, and he's been transferred
to so many prisons over so many years. It is odd though, because it really is
quite hard to find the original trial papers, at least not in the past century
Well, I always found this good old-fashioned fun. Two superhumans battle for
the future of the Earth. Whoops, I suppose that might have been a bit of a
Loaded on the 23rd June 2007.