cover image America 2040, #1

America 2040, #1

Evan Innes. Bantam Books, $3.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-553-25541-6

In the year 2033, the American president is given an ultimatum by his mad Russian counterpart: Let the Soviets take over the world or it will be destoyed. The president orders a spaceship built so that Americans can colonize a far-distant planet. War breaks out as the vessel lifts off, and communications are conveniently sabotaged so the fate of Earth is never known. High melodrama ensues on the ship, culminating in the righteous Americanization of a pristine planet. This is a kind of neoconservative pulp novel, overbearing and sodden. (April)