Fallen Angels by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn

Published: 1991 as an eBook, 2004 as a physical book

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 464 pages

Setting: near-future Earth

Interest: It was a random book I picked off my Kindle

Summary: The world has entered a new Ice Age and the U.S. has responded with institutionalized technophobia. Even science fiction is viewed with suspicion because it celebrates technology. Therefore, when two astronauts (Angels) from the orbiting space station crash-land on the advancing ice, the government is all set to grab and re-educate them. Instead, a group of science fiction fans get there first and proceed to hide the men while trying to figure out a long-term plan. Eventually, the Angels head to Arizona where hopefully they can get back to the space station in a reusable shuttle that was mothballed.

Final thoughts: This was a really fun book. There was an interesting dynamic between the ‘danes (mundanes) and the tech-literate (usually scifi fans). The premise that cleaning up the atmosphere triggered an Ice Age was interesting (but not actually likely). The Greens were suddenly in power and most technology was viewed as evil. Science fiction fans and cons had to go underground, but the community was still present. As a bonus, the narrator was female.

I do wonder how quickly people would be willing to give up their technology now that cell phones, wifi, and the internet are so pervasive. Ebooks would make it easier to keep banned science fiction books in circulation. Even personally, while I like to do a lot of things by hand, I would hate to give up the internet. Of course, I am biased since I am a science fiction fan.

Title comes from: The astronauts who crashed were code-named angels (Gabriel and Raphael) who had fallen to earth.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 82/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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