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THE WEAPON SHOPS OF ISHER has been first published as a novel in 1951.
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In a distant future, a secret organization, in order to counterbalance the power of the government is selling special arms to the population. These arms can be used to protect oneself but not to attack others. During a 2000 years period, the government of Isher has been forced to tolerate this situation but now, the scientists of the princess Innelda, have discovered a new weapon that should destroy once and for all the Guild of the weapon makers. But instead of destroying the gunshop targeted, the government attack propels the gunshop in the past. A journalist of the year 1973 enters the gunshop that has suddenly appeared in his town and is brought back thousand years in the future by the gunshop. He'll soon understand that he won't be able to leave the house that is alternatively sent into the past and into the future at a formidable pace.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   into past and future equally Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   Distant future

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   mind control    -   can read emotions Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Which planet?    -   Mars Earth setting:    -   distant future Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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