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Analogue Men

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The Millennium is here. No more wars, no more gang killings, no more drunken accidents. Because you have to be good, when there's an Analogue in your brain! You're a sheep, in a world of sheep...yes, the world is perfect, until a wolf comes along - the man without an Analogue, the enemy, the man outside the law. then what are you going to do, sheep - run, or turn wolf?
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I discovered this rather good SF novel when I was about 13. Damon Knight imagines a world where a new technique allows people to be outfitted, at an early age, with a mental implant which makes it impossible for them to commit antisocial acts. The implanting rapidly becomes mandatory, and society divides into several groups, differentiated by the details of the programming in their implant.

The hero comes from the largest group, whose purpose in life is to perform low-status work in exchange for
A psychological treatment allows doctors to program people into hallucinating 'guardian angels' that prevent them from going against the programming, originally to prevent violence and theft. Over years this treatment is expanded to more and more 'sins', eventually including the sins of governmental dissent and anti-consumerism. Several generations later, a breed of 'immunes' is found expanding in society, whose guardian angel programming doesn't control them. This book is the erratic tale of on ...more
Enjoyed it but wasn't convinced. It felt like the book couldn't decide whether it was about sci-fi concepts - in which case the characters can be blank cyphers, since the ideas are the important bit - or about chases and action and romance, in which case the ideas don't have to be so well-observed. So what I'm trying to say is, the characters kept changing shape, especially the main character, who seemed to have about twenty different personalities as the book went on (although one could argue t ...more
1981 grade B+
I read this one almost 40 years ago and I'm probably due for a reread, which I probably won't do. Mostly, I remember that the book was better than watching TV, though I found the writing a little lackluster. It's one of those books that one should probably read because it's part of the science fiction canon.
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Damon Francis Knight was an American science fiction author, editor, and critic.
Knight's first professional sale was a cartoon drawing to a science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. His first story, "Resilience", was published in 1941. He is best known as the author of "To Serve Man", which was adapted for The Twilight Zone. He was a recipient of the Hugo Award, founder of the Science Fiction and
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