Night of Power (novel)

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Night of Power
Night of Power first edition cover.jpg
Night of Power cover, Baen hardcover first edition
Author Spider Robinson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Baen Books
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 287 pp
ISBN 0-671-55944-3 (first edition hardback) ISBN 978-0-671-55944-1
OCLC 11496630
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3568.O3156 N5 1985

Night of Power is a novel by Spider Robinson. This is a speculative fiction tale about a race war that could have happened in New York. The book, written in 1984[1] although first published a year later, is set in the year 1996. The story revolves around an interracial family that has to deal with a black revolution in New York.

The title alludes to the Islamic holy day of Laylat al-Qadr which is sometimes translated as Night of Power.

Characters in "Night of Power"[edit]

Russell Grant is a 48-year-old designer who has made enough money from his unconventional inventions to retire early.

Jennifer is his 14-year-old daughter by his first marriage. She's characterized by the author as "a prodigiously bright and imaginative child."

Dena Grant is Russell's wife. She was born and raised in Halifax. She is a 37-year-old modern dancer coming to New York because "her old friend Lisa Dann has offered her a chance—one last chance—to dance in New York, and not just in New York but at the Joyce Theatre, the showcase, the worldwide Mecca of Modern dance."

Michael is a charismatic black man who is leading the revolution that the Grants find themselves caught up in.

José is the superintendent of Grant's apartment as well as being hired by Russell as a bodyguard for Jennifer. He is "a short dark handsome seventeen year-old Puerto Rican with long unruly curls and an air of cynical amusement."


  1. ^ "Spider Robinson: Books". Robinson's official website. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 

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