A Science Fiction Novel In which the Jews Become Overlords of the Post-Human Future

In The Smoke, the latest from the British writer Simon Ings, “Bundists” turn into grotesque shape-shifters. The implications are at once unclear and unsettling.


Observation
Sept. 11 2019
About the author

Michael Weingrad is professor of Jewish studies at Portland State University and a frequent contributor to Mosaic and the Jewish Review of Books. 


The English writer Simon Ings is fascinated by the future, by how we imagine it, and by humanity’s self-destructive attempts to hasten or escape it. As a popular science writer, he is the author of two non-fiction books: one about the eye, the other about science under Soviet Communism. He has also published more than a half-dozen novels, lushly written if sometimes challengingly modernistic, that frequently take up themes from science fiction.

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