Dark Universe is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Daniel F. Galouye ,  first published in The book was nominated for a Hugo award in Their legends tell of the Original World where man lived alongside the Light Almighty a concept of which they can no longer conceive and away from the ultimate evil, Radiation, with its two Lieutenants the Twin Devils Cobalt and Strontium. And He dwelled in many little vessels like this Holy Bulb. He is himself due to become a Survivor i.
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Jan 01, Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I realized, as I read through this, that I prefer the latter. I mention this because right from the first page, Galouye made the choice I favor less, and went a little overboard, to the point of raising goose eggs on my noggin with his invented slang and cursing and expressions of folk belief. It all reminded me more than a little bit of the South Park episode in which the Otters and Ostriches and other warring atheist types would use "science" as a substitute for "god" in common locutions.
Oh my science! And speaking of that, that same episode of South Park featured one Richard Dawkins, who named this book as his pick for "brilliant sci-fi that got away".
They are rare exceptions to the rule here, though; everyone else echolocates, using "clickstones" and a giant central "echo-caster" to perceive their small world. Galouye put a lot of thought and care into developing these cultures, and achieved something frankly marvelous thereby.
Galouye succeeds in immersing the reader in a sightless cave of a universe, and in the process leads her to think about something she has always taken for granted, is taking for granted even as she reads his words: light "silent sound" Jared calls it at first, struggling for words to describe the phenomenon to himself , and what it might be like to encounter it for the first time after generations without it.
Daniel F. Galouye