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The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A forgotten SF classic that exposed the pitfalls of voyeuristic entertainment decades before the reality show craze.

A few years in the future, medical science has advanced to the point where it is practically unheard of for people to die of any cause except old age. The few exceptions provide the fodder for a new kind of television show for avid audiences who lap up the ex...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published 2012 by Gollancz (first published 1973)
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Steve Dewey
Set in some unspecified time period in which people rarely die of illness, only of old age, such "unnatural" deaths are televised and have become a spectacle for an audience unused to such suffering. The book has been seen as a reaction to the intrusiveness of television and nascent reality TV programming; yet, in the end, it is predominantly a book about people and relationships in a particular near-future milieu.

Indeed, Katherine Mortenhoe doesn't even appear on television until half way throu...more
A fine and prophetic novel of reality tv and celebrity culture that reads like it could of been written only a few years ago and not the nearly 40 that it was,
The only thing that stops me giving this 5 stars is the slightly lame ending, but a fine piece of early 70s british sci-fi none the less.
An excellent, if somewhat forgotten, 70's science fiction novel set in a future where technology has made death by anything other than natural causes extremely rare, and deals with the encroachment of the media into a dying women's final hours. We are led through the story by the titular Katherine Mortenhoe, the woman dying of a terminal disease, Vincent, the TV executive bargaining for the rights to broadcast her death, and Roddie, or 'the man with the TV eyes', the cameraman who chronicles the...more
Edward Davies
This is an interesting look at how society has sadly become over the years, with a true fascination with celebrity and the unusual, a concept which has been used in such movies as The Truman Show and edTV. With this novels focus on a world where death is not common place, the illness of a seemingly ordinary member of society can quickly turn their lives into a living hell. The fact that the woman in this book may not in fact have the illness she has been told she has just adds to the overall pat...more
C.M. Muller
I came to this novel through its 1980 film adaptation, “Death Watch”. Both are rather meditative, which in our current express culture was a welcome change. This is perhaps one of the earliest novels (being published in 1974) to focus on the effects of reality television, as exemplified in the fascinating introduction by Lisa Tuttle. While I wouldn’t classify the story as cyberpunk, it does feature the cyber-motif of surgically altered eyesight (in this case, “video eyes”). That said, don’t expe...more
Otis Campbell
Somewhere dawn is breaking
Light is streaking ‘cross the floor

"Lifson" Kate Glover
Entertaining enough view of a mildly alternative present. Written in 1976 about a possible future, this tale has come of age and come reasonably close to the mark.
A new take on making love to the camera. (Kind of.) (Not really.)
Not a bad book - I liked the story of the characters' growing self-discovery as much as the media voyeur stuff.
Fantastic concept but with some melodramatic "knotty bits".
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