This brilliant monograph by the eminent caudacologist, H. Allen Smith, was written in the winter of 1997/1998, on the fortieth anniversary of the appearance of the human tail.
The study starts with the dramatic date September 22, 1957, when at 5:35 in the morning (Eastern Daylight Time) the first child with a tail was born. With truly encyclopedic grasp of his subject, Mr. Smith then proceeds to survey this new phase in the evolution of the human race in all its manifold aspects.
The acquisition of a tail, as must by now be apparent to all, gave man his greatest shock since that medieval day when he first learned that his planet was not the center of the universe. The dislocation was profound; there was literally nothing in the make-up of human society that did not suffer a deep-sea change. The early attempts at secrecy, the clamor for amputations could in no way affect the onward sweep of the new evolutionary phase.
Mr. Smith discusses the celebrated Theory of Caudal Dynamics enunciated by Hunt Murchison, but his erudition does not make him forget the common man; he is just as interested in such popular treatises as The Power of a Positive Tail, which has been a best seller ever since its publication in 1991.
From politics to fashion, from sociology and economics to sports and household effects, from depth psychology to popular songs, there is no aspect of the caudalogical change in human culture Mr. Smith does not examine with his customary candor and perspicacity.
There may be other and greater works on the subject written in the years to come, but until then H. Allen Smith's monograph must remain the basic work on the Age of the Tail.
Original title: The Age of the Tail
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Humorous, Parody and Comedy
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Hard Science→ Biology
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor→ Satire
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