Lest Darkness Fall

by L. Sprague deCamp

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Against the Fall of Night

The Roman Empire had spread order, knowledge, and civilisation throughout the ancient world. When Rome fell, the light of reason flickered out across the Empire. The Dark Ages had begun; they would last a thousand years. Could a man from the 20th century prevent the fall of Rome? When lightening struck and he was hurled backward into the sixth century, the question became anything but academic to Martin Padway, but even forearmed with a knowledge of 20th century technology and of events to come, what could one man do? But Padway must try, lest darkness fall.



  1. frazoulaswak
    Though I had forgotten almost everything about it other than the general details of the plot and the name of one of the secondary characters, Thomasus the Assyrian, 'Lest Darkness Fall' is possibly the first SF novel that I ever read. It is certainly the first that I can definitely remember reading when I was around 10 years of age back in the early 1960's - so it has a lot to answer for! I've just purchased the Kindle edition from Amazon and I'm looking forward to re-reading it for the first time in close to 50 years.

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