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Mindkiller (Lifehouse Trilogy #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  698 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Wireheads, addicted to an electric current fed into the pleasure centers of the brain, are the new junkies. Karen, a former wirehead who barely escaped death by pleasure, is determined to bring down those who sell the wireheading equipment, but she and her lover Joe instead turn up evidence of a shadowy global conspiracy-not to control the world, but to keep anyone from re ...more
Paperback, 10 pages
Published May 15th 1988 by Ace (first published January 1st 1982)
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Wanda
It’s very difficult to give this novel a star rating—some of it is very good, some of it is very predictable, some of it is not so good.

First the good: The plot is tight and interesting up until the last couple of chapters, where things get a bit loose and baggy, with a bunch of completely unbelievable coincidences. There are two plot lines that keep the reader’s brain actively trying to figure out how they relate to each other for the majority of the novel. Plus, I appreciated that substantial
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Rebecca
Oct 11, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is deftly put together until just about the very end.

I found the two plot threads equally compelling, which is a tough trick to pull off. The characters are each highly damaged but interesting people, and I enjoyed watching their interactions with those around them. Norman is an alienated, depressed professor; Joe has...well, I don't want to spoil anything, so we'll say an unusual job and some even more unusual problems. Both have been withdrawing from the world, and each is pulled ba
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Sarah
May 22, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
I read the middle book of this trilogy, Time Pressure, without knowing that it was a trilogy. The three books were written many years apart, and the other two were okay, but I didn't like them as much as the middle one. This one was better than the third one, and as I read through it I realized that I had read it before, perhaps some time ago. When I started reading it I remembered this one scene that involves the selling of rare jazz records, and as I continued to read I realized that the scene ...more
Ryan
Dec 30, 2009 Ryan rated it liked it
Recommended to Ryan by: D.J.
Shelves: sci-fi
An early cyberpunkish novel that had a good concept, if nothing I hadn't heard before - people connecting wires into their heads for the latest fix, mind and memory manipulation, a dystopian future.

The story's divided up into two time periods, but the story of each mirrors each the other so perfectly that, by the time the big shocking reveal comes about, you already can guess what it's going to be. Still, it was a quick read, and well-written.

One thing I always like about Spider Robinson novels
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Julie Decker
Aug 17, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was amazing
Karen has attempted to commit suicide by jacking herself into a device that delivers stimulation to her pleasure centers, which is all-consuming and will make a person unable to care for their own basic needs. Joe, a crafty fellow with a talent for stealing information, finds Karen, rescues her, cleans her up, and decides to assist her on her quest to destroy those who made the "wireheading" technology available. They hunt a man who can erase memories and control what people know. Meanwhile, Nor ...more
Tomislav
Feb 27, 2014 Tomislav rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This 1982 novel is an expansion of Spider Robinson's 1978 short story "God Is An Iron". Eventually, it became the first in the Lifehouse Trilogy, the others entitled Time Pressure (1987) and Lifehouse (1997).

This novel was like a return to the sixties for me. (I was a child then, mostly I read about the sixties during the seventies). I'm sure it seemed trendy when it was new, but the language, technology, and sexual mores are becoming almost unrecognizable. In addition, the brain science in whic
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LaDonna
Jul 16, 2013 LaDonna rated it really liked it
Very fascinating book with lots of twists and turns that makes you angry, breaks your heart, then broadens your mind.
David
Feb 17, 2013 David rated it really liked it
I love the thrillers of Spider Robinson. But I also love D&D, noise music and rare pre-WWII cars which gives me a sixth sense, the geek sense. When you've tried to share your latest obsession with a non-geek and you get a blank stare or even outright hostility that sense becomes almost a survival instinct.
I could recommend Mindkiller because of a brilliant story, interesting characters or a satisfying ending. I could recommended it because like the best sci-fi it raises issues of the future
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Geneva
Mar 18, 2014 Geneva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy Hud told me to start reading Spider Robinson. This novel is an expansion of his short story "God Is an Iron" which is probably one of the best short stories I've ever read (and included, in its entirety, as chapter two of this novel). The novel is not as good as its second chapter, but it's still damn good. I'd read it again.
Olethros
Oct 30, 2013 Olethros rated it liked it
-Visión particular para su tiempo.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En 1994, en Halifax, Norman Kent intenta suicidarse por problemas sentimentales, aunque la intervención de un extraño le interrumpe. Cuando vuelve a su casa, descubre que su hermana Madeleine, que supuestamente vivía en Europa y a la que hace mucho que ni ve ni tiene contacto con ella, le espera. En 1999, Joe entra a robar en un apartamento pero lo que logra es salvar a una mujer que está usando un estimulador cerebra
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Jonathan Appleton
Mar 23, 2014 Jonathan Appleton rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a five (bumped up from a four) due to the second chapter. This is a stand alone short story called "God is an Iron". It is my favorite short story of all time.
Jennifer
Jul 16, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the first book I ever read by Spider Robinson. I was in the later grades of elementary school and had been dabbling in Heinlein and Varley's Titan. These were books often lying around the house that my father was reading.
One day I saw Mindkiller and read the back of the jacket and thought it sounded interesting. That's an understatement. Mindkiller is brilliant. It was ahead of its' time, yet oddly if you read it now, you could believe that the technology is right around the corner waiti
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Denis
Mar 30, 2012 Denis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardcover, first
Mindkiller is one of Spider's strongest books, which is a difficult thing to determine, as all of Spider's books are written with the same level of competency and humanism. The quality of the writing whatever the book, is equal. What you are left to determine, weather you liked it or not is the story itself. In the case of the "Mindkiller" it is a fantastic and wonderful story. There are some vivid difficult parts to read, but they are so because of the authors skill in description of such subli ...more
Kallierose
Jan 01, 2009 Kallierose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Matt
Sep 23, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it
the first in this series that i Read was Time Pressure and i had no idea at the time - around 1988 - it was part of a "series" along with this one - Mindkiller. the rather rushed ending to Time Pressure now makes a Whole Lot More Sense. and now, you can get the whole "trilogy" (?) in one book, the Lifehouse Trilogy.

i really wish someone would market a Mucus Moose!
Bill
Jan 31, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I don't know why I haven't read more of Robinson's stuff. Could be the way he comes off as a pretentious fop in interviews. Regardless, Mindkiller was pretty good, about addicts jacking electric current into the pleasure centers of their brains. I read this one a long time ago. All I can remember is getting a real kick out of it.
Jack
Nov 15, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing
Great book on electronic addiction, though the addiction these days isn't through having wires in your brain, but by getting on Facebook or looking at porn. Wonderfully written book.
Chuk
Dec 01, 2011 Chuk rated it it was amazing
Read part of this in Omni and didn't read the rest until many years later. I still think it's a huge spoiler to have this and Time Pressure combined in one volume.
Swankivy
Aug 01, 2008 Swankivy rated it really liked it
Yeah! I liked his Callahan stuff so I read this--man, he can really make me start to like hard sci-fi, maybe! His characters are wonderful. :)
Ray Charbonneau
Sep 07, 2009 Ray Charbonneau rated it it was amazing
Well, it was a 5 the first time I read it. And a pleasure to reread when I feel like it. Spider used to write good books.
QuoththeRaven
Feb 09, 2008 QuoththeRaven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
One of my favorites from Spider. His monologue about "God is an iron..." is one of my favorite rants of all time.
EJD Dignan
Jun 06, 2009 EJD Dignan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
My introduction to Spider Robinson. Not the best story, but stunningly well written.
colleen
Apr 24, 2007 colleen rated it it was amazing
this is one of my favorite science fiction books. a great read.
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Spider Robinson is an American-born Canadian Hugo and Nebula award winning science fiction author. He was born in the USA, but chose to live in Canada, and gained citizenship in his adopted country in 2002.

Robinson's writing career began in 1972 with a sale to Analog Science Fiction magazine of a story entitled, The Guy With The Eyes. His writing proved popular, and his first novel saw print in 1
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Other Books in the Series

Lifehouse Trilogy (4 books)
  • Time Pressure (Lifehouse, #2)
  • Lifehouse (Lifehouse, #3)
  • Deathkiller (Omnibus contains MINDKILLER and TIME PRESSURE)

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