“Thefemale of the species vanished on theafternoon of the second Tuesday of February at four minutes and fiftytwo seconds past four o'clock, Eastern Standard Time The event occurred universally at the same instant, without regard to time belts, and was followed by such phenomena as might be expected after happenings of that nature” On a lazy, quiet afternoon, in the blink of aneye, our world shatters into two parallel universes as men vanish from women and women from men After families and loved ones separatefrom one another, life continues in very different ways for men and women, boys and girls An explosion of violence sweeps one world that still operates technologically social stability and peace in the other are offset by famine and a widespreadbreakdown in machinery and science And as we learn from the fascinating parallel stories of a brilliant couple, Bill and Paula Gaunt, the foundations of relationships, love, and sex are scrutinized, tested, and sometimes redefined in both worlds The radically divergent trajectories of the gendered histories reveal stark truths about the rigidly defined expectations placed on men and women and their sexual relationships and make clear how much society depends on interconnection between the sexes Written over a half century ago yet brimming with insight and unsettling in its relevance today, The Disappearance is a masterpiece of modern speculative fiction.
Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Philip Gordon Wylie was the son of Presbyterian minister Edmund Melville Wylie and the former Edna Edwards, a novelist, who died when Philip was five years old His family moved to Montclair, New Jersey and he later attended Princeton University from – He married Sally Ondek, and had one child, Karen, an author who became the inventor of animal clicker tr.
- 407 pages
- The Disappearance
- Philip Wylie
- 17 February 2019 Philip Wylie