Sunday, 14 April 2013
The War Against The Birds
suddenly, the sky was full of attacking Birds;
two of the three surviving human cities "...had fallen after only a brief struggle..." (p. 102);
tribesmen died in great numbers;
bombs and torpedoes planted by descendants of penguins cut off communication between the Antarctican city and its outposts;
albatross squadrons bombed Antarctica;
however, human aircraft retaliated;
an underground laboratory released back-bred, plague-carrying birds;
Martels' free-floating intelligence "...entered and confounded the mind of the reigning King of the Birds..." (p. 103);
the glaciers will end the Birds remnant.
Obviously, this war could have filled a series of novels but here a single page suffices. Another understated war in a Blish novel is Armageddon in Black Easter/The Day After Judgement: we are simply informed that the released demons have defeated the angelic host although we do see them destroy the Strategic Air Command when it attacks Dis.