Can anyone help me ID these books by DESCRIPTION ONLY?


Confirmed Optimist
May 4, 2005
Long Island, New York
I only remember the books, not titles or authors!


One was about some future "federation" of worlds, NOT Star Trek-related.

In this universe, starship captains wear the "ceremonial, antique, but deadly" .45 sidearm. I remember the author was very keen on describing the smell of cordite, whenever the plucky captain had to fire the thing. The standard weapon of personal violence in this world was the SF standby, the "needlegun" or "needler".

Other details: "Space Force" (or whatever it was called) Headquarters was somewhere in the American West, and that prompted several mentions about some well-known mountain peak having been melted away in a past nuclear war. There's a bar scene in which a couple of dancers, members of some anti-Federation underground, are arrested by security troops with needleguns, and of course, someone's face gets blown off with a needlegun (also described with blood-lusty, but deceptively casual-seeming glee by the author). Overall, good book, though.


Some scientist or group of scientists, discerns that sometime in the near future, the earth is going to undergo a catastrophic "reversal of the poles", which will virtually wipe out Civilization. The cries of warning are, of course, ignored by The Public and The Scientific Establshment.

Somehow, these knowledgeable good guys procure the resources to build a redoubt that will withstand the upheaval. Finally, The Time Comes, and all hell breaks loose. Walls of their cavern fortress melt and collapse, and people are horribly injured or killed in their "personal survival cocooons" (or whatever they're called). Amidst the chaos, Our Hero(s) flee their crumbling redoubt, and pause in their flight to mercy-kill a fellow would-be survivor who has been very badly hurt and whose "eyes implore them to release him" or whatever.

In potboiler fashion, the author takes time along the way to gleefully describe how hunky the chief good guy is, and how hot his woman is (of course). In the end, these two prime specimens of full-blooded humanity, are among the few to survive and begin to repopulate the planet and rebuild Society.


Jan 6, 2006
Townsville, Australia
The first one could be something by H. Beam Piper?

I think I might have recently flicked through the second one in a second hand shop ... I think it was set hundreds of years after the cataclysm ... and there were barbarian tribes outside their bunker.

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