Tom O'Bedlam by Robert Silverberg

Tom O'Bedlam

by Robert Silverberg

Form: Novel

Year: 1985

ID: 1194

Publication history:


(from Warner 1986)

It is 2103 and Tom O'Bedlam, madman, prophet, and visionary, wanders through California, dwelling place of the last humans on a continent decimated by radioactive dust. Tom, caught up in a living vision of distant worlds ruled by godlike beings, is the herald of a new age, a herald no one wants to hear until others begin to dream of salvation beyond the stars. Yet while many dream, only Tom has the power to make the wondrous visions real, to give people the ultimate escape they desire. Across the universe they must go... if Tom is humanity's last hope — and not its final destroyer.


A post-holocaust novel that really got to me as I remember. Quite emotional in ways that so little science fiction is. I'll need to re-read it, however to make more specific comments.

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