3.0 out of 5 stars He Walked Among Us by Norman Spinrad, May 21, 2010By The Alternative (Southeastern Wisconsin) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: He Walked Among Us (Hardcover)He Walked Among Us Norman SpinradTor Books2010Hardcover 540 pagesISBN: 0765325845"The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keepall its eggs in."-Robert A. HeinleinImagine for a moment that the future existence of the planet balanced onyour ability to travel back in time and explain the costs and concepts of thedepletion of the ozone layer to a subsistence farmer in rural Mesopotamia.Could you do it? Enter Ralf, stand-up comic from about as far up the time-line as you can get. And he comes bearing terrifying news. The future planetis in disarray, biodiversity is as extinct as the carrier pigeon, the air is thick and un-breathable, almost unusable without heavy filtration scrubbers and tomake matters worse, the last generations of humankind have taken refuge in pressurized shopping mall domes. Humanity clings to the last remnants of life on a scourged planet that could not be saved. Now take an aging Science Fiction writer named Dexter D. Lampkins who isa flawed but intelligent individual (and Spinrad's pseudo- literary double)with designs of writing the next great social Science Fiction Transformationof mankind, mingle with Amanda Robins, a New Age Wunderkinds seekingtotal Zen spiritualism, and mix in a whole lot of Ralf "the comic from thefuture." Blend them all together on the same late-night television show andwhat do you get? Well, Monkey-Men, let's just say that you may want toread this one yourself to discover all the gory details.Ralf's message is simple and crude. Start cleaning up the environment rightnow or the future world is going to suffer. Quit mucking up Mother Habitatso the deprived people of the future can take a break from living in constantfear of complete extinction.