Review: Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Level 7

Mordecai Roshawld

University of Wisconsin Press, 2004 (Reprint, originally published in 1959)


Level 7 is a fascinating science fiction story emerging straight out of the fear and anxiety of the Atomic Age/Cold War era.  It details the life and thoughts of push button technician X-127 whose job, deep beneath the surface of the earth, it is to press the button that will unleash nuclear destuction on the enemy.   Level 7 is, at it’s heart, a cautionary tale and a scathing indictment on the type of political and emotional states that existed during the Cold War Era. Read on for more impressions…

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