BALLANTINE BOOKS FIRST PRINTING 1969, Great Vintage Cover Art, Copy is good, tight, unmarked, light staining on botton of endpages, cover has some mild edge reading wear/tears. We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books, ship within 48 hours and offer a 100% money back guarantee.
Every time I pick up and read a Frederik Pohl novel, I am reminded of why I like his writing (a remaking of himself, as his early collaborater had died). It satisfies; light; effervesent; clear; graceful and always contains a bit of himself in each idea which transcends handily rote formulae.
Here he explains the mire into which one can sink if he does not throw off the fetters of inactivity for fear of commiting to a course of action. One must risk vulnerability, he painfully discovers, to be able to partake of life's riches. Of course the SF conventions are properly in place: cryostorage of dead bodies to be revived 500 years later - enter our portagonist.. In this world computers are centrally linked to every living human. And lots more. Yes, this work is very much "...a funny, sad, off-beat masterwork..."
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