Dad's Nuke

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Dad's Nuke
AuthorMarc Laidlaw
Cover artistLoretta Trezzo
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
Dark comedy
PublisherDonald I. Fine
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback and hardcover)
Pages255 (hardcover)

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.