Karel Capek The Absolute at Large

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"One of the genuine masterpieces of sci-fi." R. D. Mullen. With the invention of the Karburator comes an abundant source of low-cost energy but also a dangerous byproduct. Known as the Absolute, it infects the world's population with religious and nationalistic fervor that ignites a disastrous war. In this satirical and enduringly relevant work of science fiction, the acclaimed Czech author Karl ?apek offers a prescient fable of the benefits and dangers of atomic power.

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Czech writer Karel ?apek (1890-1938) is best known as the author of R.U.R., the play that popularized the term "robot" and a seminal work of science fiction. Ardently opposed to fascism and communism, ?apek was an active journalist as well as a versatile writer whose works encompassed novels, modern fairy tales, detective stories, and translations of French poetry.

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