- The Wanderer (Fritz Leiber novel)
infobox Book |
name = The Wanderer
image_caption = Cover of first edition (paperback)
language = English
Science Fiction novel
release_date = 1964
media_type = Print (
pages = 318 pp
isbn = NA
"The Wanderer" (ISBN 1-58586-049-2) is the title of a
science fictionnovel by Fritz Leiberabout a wandering planetthat enters the solar system. It won the 1965 Hugo Awardfor Best Novel.
The book is obviously a variation on the classic short story "The Star" by
H.G.Wellswhich describes the passage of a wandering star near Earth and its devastating consequences. However, by substituting a wandering planet for a star, and making that planet inhabited, Leiber made possible additional story lines not available in the original.
The narrative follows multiple disconnected groups of characters to portray the widespread impact of the Wanderer on the entire population of the Earth (and above it) as well as the varied reactions of different groups as they struggle to cope and surivive.
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