This is an interesting book; it’s a novel set after the Rapture, but because it was published in 1970, it’s got some funny ideas about how the author thought contemporary culture would be like in the 21st century. Mr Kirban makes a lot of use of the ‘picture phone’ which is like the iconic 1970s plastic telephone but with a video screen; even he couldn’t have envisaged ‘facetime’. He also uses ‘heliojets’ to get around, and ‘seahouses’ is not the name of a Northumberland town, but rather a collection of massive semi-submarine ships built to accommodate the world’s excessive population. My favourite bit was when the locust demons were released from the abyss – with jetpacks on! Hurrah! Brilliantly entertaining book, there’s nothing quite like it.