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When the Sleepers Woke   By: (1896-1949)

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When the Sleepers Woke by Arthur Leo Zagat is a riveting science fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through time and space. The story introduces us to a future society that is paralyzed by an oppressive regime and a downtrodden population. However, hope emerges in the form of an experiment gone awry, resulting in an unexpected awakening of long-forgotten heroes.

Zagat's writing style is engaging and captivating, drawing readers into the narrative right from the start. His vivid descriptions of the futuristic world and its inhabitants skillfully transport us into a dystopian reality where freedom is scarce and individuality remains suppressed.

The characters in When the Sleepers Woke are well-developed and multidimensional, adding depth and emotion to the storyline. The protagonist, along with a diverse group of rebels, embark on a dangerous mission to topple the oppressive regime and restore balance to the world. Their struggles, fears, and moments of triumph are expertly portrayed, eliciting strong emotions from readers.

One of the standout aspects of this novel is Zagat's imaginative and thought-provoking depiction of technology and its impact on society. He explores the ethical issues surrounding advanced scientific experiments and the potential repercussions when they fall into the wrong hands. By intertwining these themes, Zagat delves into the complex relationship between progress, power, and humanity.

The pacing of the story is consistently fast-paced, filled with adrenaline-pumping action sequences and unexpected plot twists. Each chapter leaves readers eagerly turning the pages, eager to uncover the fate of the characters and the world they inhabit.

As with any science fiction novel, there are moments that require suspension of disbelief. However, Zagat's skilled storytelling and the underlying social commentary make these moments easier to accept. The underlying message about the importance of individuality, free will, and the pursuit of truth shines through, resonating with readers long after the final page.

When the Sleepers Woke is a brilliant example of science fiction that blends social commentary, action, and compelling characters seamlessly. Arthur Leo Zagat's masterful storytelling and imaginative world-building make this novel an enthralling read for fans of the genre. It is a must-read for anyone who appreciates an intelligently crafted story that forces us to question the limitations of technological advancement and the dangers of complacency.

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This etext was produced from Astounding Stories November 1932. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

[Illustration: All his strength went into that trick.]

When the Sleepers Woke

By Arthur Leo Zagat

[Sidenote: Only two small groups of people enemies survive the vast desolation of the Final War.]

"Prepare for battle!" The command crackled in Allan Dane's helmet. "Enemy approaching from southeast! Squadron commanders execute plan two!" Allan settled back in the seat of his one man helicopter, his broad frame rendered even bulkier by the leather suit that incased it. He was tensed, but quiescent. Action would be first joined sixty miles away, and his own squadron was in reserve.

Over New York and its bay the American air fleet was in motion. Suddenly movement ceased, and the formation froze. Ten flying forts were each the apex of a far spread cone, axis horizontal, whose body was the fanned back ranging of its squadron of a thousand helicopter planes. The cones bristled oceanward from the sea margin of New York, their points a fifty mile arc of defiance, their bases tangent to one another, almost touching the ground at their lower edges, then circling upward for ten thousand feet... Continue reading book >>

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