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December 4th, 2010, 04:18 PM
I read a book 25ish years ago, and have wondered many times over the years what it was as I would love to read it again.

It was about a post apocalyptic world, where the population is decimated by a virus (?biological war).

However some people survive. The story focuses on a young girl and a boy she meets when travelling the world trying to get to somewhere or other.

The thing I remember most was that they were both a sort of evolved super human, dubbed I think hominem post hominem. All genius level, better vision extending further into the infra red spectrum than normal humans (she once spotted a fire in her house prior to the war by noticing the corner of a room looked a bit red, or something like that!).

Can anyone help. Would love to read it again! Thanks in advance

December 4th, 2010, 04:44 PM
OK... broadened search to vaguest terms and ploughed through a whole load of random links, but came up with the answer:

'Emergence' by David R Palmer

Brilliant book, and written in quite a different style

December 4th, 2010, 07:46 PM
By coincidence, I was looking at an advert in an old Fantasy and SF Magazine yesterday which proclaimed this as very good.


I also read it as a serial many, many years ago in Analog, though I understand it was altered from this:




Jim diGriz
December 5th, 2010, 02:03 AM
One of my favourites. Palmer followed it up with an unrelated novel which was to be the the first in a trilogy. I remember waiting and waiting for the next to appear but it never did, Palmer had apparently vanished off the face of the Earth. Then, out of nowhere, two years ago after a wait of twenty five years he published a short sequel to Emergence called 'Tracking' in Analog (three parts: July/August, September & October 2008).

December 5th, 2010, 02:58 AM
Anyone know where I can get a copy of the 3 parts of Tracking?

There was also a post (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A17FPF6LXFDYTF/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp) from David Palmer in 2008 posted on Amazon, giving some tantalising details of projects coming, but nothing seems to have materialised since.

Anyone heard from him of late? Apparently he was a fairly regular visitor to the AnalogSF forums...