Dad's Nuke

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Dad's Nuke
AuthorMarc Laidlaw
Cover artistLoretta Trezzo
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction
Dark comedy
PublisherDonald I. Fine
Publication date
1986-02
Media typePrint (paperback and hardcover)
Pages255 (hardcover)
ISBN0-917657-52-7

Dad's Nuke, first published in February, 1986 by Donald I. Fine, is a science fiction dark comedy novel written by Marc Laidlaw. It is a parody of middle class suburban life, and tells the tale of a nuclear family in the post-nuclear (holocaust) age. The protagonists are a father, mother, daughter, and eight biologically-engineered children living in a gated suburban enclave following the near collapse of modern civilization. The story consists of a series of episodes demonstrating the ridiculousness of the family's sheltered, conformist lives, and culminates in the collapse from within of the suburban community. The title refers to a trailer-mounted nuclear missile purchased by the family's father figure, as part of his hostile, one-upmanship, "keeping up with the Joneses" competition with his next door neighbor.