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The R Master

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A repressively benevolent bureaucracy, intent on limiting and harnessing the effects of an IQ-boosting drug known as R-47, is thwarted by an underground led by an R-Master, latest of the drug-produced supergeniuses. Our hero's apolitical to start with but his chemically expanded perspective reveals the flaws in his superficial utopia. Energetically suspenseful, though the ...more
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Published November 1973 by J.B. Lippincott Company (Philadelphia) (first published 1973)
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Sunshine
I surprise myself, I really enjoyed this book. It's about a man who wants to be his own person and not be controlled by the society norm. He lived his life under the radar, but when he can't get through the red tape to revive his brother he decides he going to go work up the governmental ladder till he's to prominent to ignore. He gets what he wants but when the revival leaves his brother a shell, he discovers the flaws in the governmental system and wants to bring it all down.

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Scott Davis
The whole world is given whole body medicines to make them better. But sometimes theres a side effect. You may become a bumbling idiot or super intellect. Etter, becomes super smart and tries to fix society’s problems. This is one of my favorites from Gordon D.
Moira
"Russian roulette for the mind - with the winner taking the world." Wouldn't you know it, the closer mankind comes to a utopian society, the bigger and scarier Big Brother gets. R47 is a mistake drug that for most does absolutely nothing, but for a very few make a man a mastermind, or take away his mind entirely. Etter Ho takes the drug in an attempt to save his brother's life (which was ruined by taking R47 in the first place). Instead of saving Wally, Et discovers the flawed basis of this mode ...more
Dave
Anti-bureaucracy revolution. Great plot.
Erik Graff
Feb 08, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
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A moderately intriguing science fiction novel by Gordon Rupert Dickson about mind-altering drugs first published in November of 1973.
William
This was a great science fiction book. I guess it appeals to my anti estabishment mentality.
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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Dorsai! (Childe Cycle, #1) The Dragon and the George (Dragon Knight, #1) Tactics of Mistake (Childe Cycle, #4) Soldier, Ask Not (Childe Cycle, #3) The Dragon Knight (Dragon Knight #2)

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