Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Author:Kate Wilhelm When the first warm breeze of Doomsday came wafting over the Shenandoah Valley, the Sumners were ready. Using their enormous wealth, the family had forged an isolated post holocaust citadel. Their descendants would have everything they needed to raise food and do the scientific research necessary for survival. But the family was soon plagued by ... more »sterility, and the creation of clones offered the only answer. And that final pocket of human civilization lost the very human spirit it was meant to preserve as man and mannequin turned on one another.« less
Kate Wilhelm is one of this century's greatest writers, and this post apocalypse tour-de-force is one fine example of her writing. She eventually got bored with the Sci Fi ghetto and started laboring across the tracks in the more respectable mystery writers ghetto, but no matter what she's writing, this book will always stand as one of her best.