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Though Pallid Giant did not sell millions of copies, Noyes was well connected, and his novel was not forgotten. It was republished in the Spring of 1946, less than a year after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
[n]Its new title was Gentlemen: You are Mad!, a phrase borrowed from a March, 1946 article on atomic energy by Lewis Mumford in Saturday Review of Literature. Bernard M. Baruch, an eminent member of the newly formed United Nations Atomic Energy Commission wrote an introduction. "Now I am impressed," wrote Baruch, "with the prophetic nature of that story [i.e. Pallid Giant] and believe that a much wider circulation will help our people to realize that momentous changes, political, economic and perhaps social are ahead of the peoples of the
world--if they would avert ultimate annihilation" (p. viii).
The Pallid Giant
Pierrepont B. Noyes
A mix of Alternate World and Apocalyptic destruction. The story is set around the League of Nations negotiations in France after WW1, where some of the participant are contacted by an enigmatic man who claims he has evidence of a lost civilization. They go off looking for it and the story progresses from there. Characterization is good, the plot moves along swiftly with alternating points-of-view, from the information about the lost civilization and the interpretation of the main characters. Tone is grim, perhaps a tad self-important, but great nonetheless. I recommend it!!