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After Utopia

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
It is the far future. Earth is a beautifully planned, efficiently run and happily united. But still it is a world with problems- people have become so lazy, so self-satisfied, that human progress has all but ceased. Addicts of the newly-developed "programmed dreams" are increasing at an enormous rate. Only a few individuals realize that the human race is destroying itself. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 250 pages
Published November 1st 1977 by Ace Books
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Red Harvey
Jun 01, 2013 Red Harvey rated it liked it
Very precise details on espionage/assassinations and other things I could have done without. This book was definitely written with male readers in mind, as women in Reynolds's version of utopia are very sexually available, and in the simulated dreams, there is a scenario in which the protagonist lives out his fantasy of having sex with a harem of six-eight women.

I also could have done without the references to actors/actresses I had no way of knowing. Other than that, the story was told in the
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Craig
May 26, 2011 Craig rated it liked it
Not one of the best I've read by Reynolds, but not too bad. Some of the interior chronology wasn't convincing, and he had an irritating habit of describing characters by saying that they looked like some celebrity or another... the problem now being that I didn't remember what that former-celebrity looked like, or, in some cases, even who they were. Aside from that, it's social and cultural extrapolation, which was typical of Reynolds.
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Dallas McCord "Mack" Reynolds was an American science fiction writer. His pen names included Clark Collins, Mark Mallory, Guy McCord, Dallas Ross and Maxine Reynolds. Many of his stories were published in "Galaxy Magazine" and "Worlds of If Magazine". He was quite popular in the 1960s, but most of his work subsequently went out of print.

He was an active supporter of the Socialist Labor Party; his
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