Level 7 (Library of American Fiction) [Mordecai Roshwald, David Seed] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Level 7 is the diary of Officer . (Uncredited cover for the edition) /5 (Very Good) I recently received a copy of Modecai Roshwald’s Level 7 () from 2thD at. In an unspecified nation, the nameless officer X is taken to an ultra-secret installation called Level 7. He has been chosen to be one of four “Push Button.

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In any case, a hierarchy of bunkers is built, to host civilians, politicians, and military in case of nuclear attack from the opposite side, and, for a subset of the sheltered military, to retaliate with a devastating attack of their own.

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

You are commenting using your Twitter account. I’m stuck between 3 or 4 stars for this one. Science and Technology in Myth rpswald Fiction Enemy is called just the “enemy” and allies “allies”. His scholarly works are rather nebulous The Transient and the Absolute: This book might give you nightmares.

Detailed Review Summary of Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

There is only one believable character, the neurotic X who ignites three series of rockets but then refuses to press the button for the last and most destructive, but he has only an episodic appearance and is replaced without stopping the attack. At last it is discovered that the reactor which fuels Level 7 has leaked, and that the whole population is doomed despite all the precautions.

The book is written in a diary format as the main character enters level 7 and all the way until the end. Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions No. View all 3 comments.


You know, “If you got paid a trillion dollars if lvel just pressed a button – but that button destroys so many people Gale of Galaxy Science Fiction in rated Level 7 4. On at least one occasion I recall having run to Mother, crying. X guesses that they must have all been chosen for their mission because they don’t like others, and are all somewhat antisocial. Level 7 functions because of its political neutrality, the simple story, and the many surreal moments — a delightful and terrifying nuclear fable.

They are sequestered underground and wait for the order, which does not fail to arrive. He is not told why he is to go into the bunker beforehand, and when he gets there he finds out that he must spend the rest of his life there. This book provides so much food for thought.

Mar 14, Ilia rated it did not like it. Priestley for a episode of the BBC2 television science-fiction drama programme Out of the Unknown.

Little things begin to cause stress; X is obsessed with the fact that he will never see sunlight again, and others become depressed when the music tape played over the omnipresent Loudspeakers turns out to rosawld limited to a 12 day loop. Level 7 revolves around a multi-level underground bunker that holds military personnel and civilians.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

X and his fellow shelter inhabitants belatedly learn the criteria that had determined admission to the shelters: No wonder it was in crappy condition and smelled of mildew. Don’t read it, really.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The other five levels are for various important civilians and, the closer one gets to the surface, the less provisions are provided.


Level 7 is the tale of a military man who lives in a roswalld 4, feet below the surface of the earth.

When the t Level 7 levwl the story of an atomic war, and of the post-apocalyptic world briefly succeeding it. No one has a name, only a number, and while I get that this is probably a plot device to show how cruelly inhuman the military can be, it basically serves to make it impossible to remember who is who or forge any human connection with anyone.

A couple from Level 3 go out to report on conditions, and are dead within 5 days, finding nothing but ash and darkness. It’s beautifully written; the characters are distinctive and authentic despite being described so economically; the plot is brilliantly crafted and rings true; the psychology and sociology and politics rkswald everything is just spot on.

Pevel a book that I’ve just re-readwhich is a bit different.

X guesses that they must have all been chosen for their mission because they don’t like others, and are all somewh What I found most disturbing about this novel was not the hopelessness of the Level 7 dwellers, buried rroswald of feet beneath the earth, then assigned to annihilate humanity and continue living for years.