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Robert Heinlein wrote a novel (one of his earlier novels, I believe) in which China had invaded the USA and the Americans, in order to combat and confuse their invaders, developed a weapon (tool?) which could change matter into just about anything. I am looking for the title of that book and I apologize for the short summary (which may be only partially accurate -- I am old and my memory is fading). But I'd like to get a copy of that old book. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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  • How does one go about something like this? Do we merge the details so that people who search for a book where "China invaded the US" they still find the question? – Edlothiad Jan 12 '17 at 16:07
  • @Edlothiad - marking duplicate is enough, the goal isnt closing or merging questions but just linking them up – Radhil Jan 12 '17 at 16:42

I suspect that you are thinking of The Day After Tomorrow, also published as Sixth Column. In that book, the "Pan-Asians" conquered the US, and a small research lab discovered some technobabble that allowed for a wide range of effects that were quite frankly unbelievable. The few people at the lab 'prosecuted the war' by creating a religion based around the 'priests' being able to use the effects of the technobabble, and then used the religion to ultimately overthrow the Pan-Asian regime.

  • You are correct Jeff. I had just remembered it ... Thx. – tale852150 Jan 12 '17 at 15:49
  • @tale852150 - if this is the book you were searching for, would you consider marking it as accepted, by clicking the check mark near it? – Gallifreyan Jan 12 '17 at 15:56
  • @Gallifreian - done ... :-) – tale852150 Jan 12 '17 at 15:58
  • @tale852150 - I only asked so I could mark this as a duplicate evil laugh – Gallifreyan Jan 12 '17 at 16:02
  • @TimE.Lord Why get this one accepted when the OP had already added a self-answer? – Möoz Nov 7 '17 at 3:29

No sooner after I wrote this, I was discussing this issue with an old friend and he gave me a clue. The clue led to the answer which follows:

Sixth Column (also known as The Day After Tomorrow)

Sixth Column title

Hope that helps.


  • I was actually entering my answer when you put yours in. 41s. – Jeff Zeitlin Jan 12 '17 at 15:48
  • It was luck -- my grey memory cells kicked in just in time. Not bad for a guy 60+ years old. Thanks again. – tale852150 Jan 12 '17 at 15:50

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