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The Altered Ego

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What will life be like in 2045? Chances are you'll be a "stab" - a stable personality. Science will have made it impossible for most men to commit a violent act.
You'll hope for "restoration." No matter how you die - they can bring you back to life. But only 200 Americans are "restored" each year.
If you're due for restoration, they'll "record" your brain. They'll preserve f
Paperback, 120 pages
Published January 1955 by Pennant Books (first published 1954)
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Feb 08, 2016 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this as a SFBC selection back in the mid-fifties. It's pretty short, 115 pages or so (I read the ebook version). That classifies it as more of a novella than a novel, but many books were pretty short back then.

My opinion of the work is pretty much the same as it was back then, a good, fast read with some original ideas. While the ideas have since become almost a staple of SF and could possible be found in earlier works, it's still an entertaining read.

It's not heavy on characte
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Sep 14, 2014 travis helmkamp rated it really liked it
Actually a real good page turner. When it was written in 1954 I'm sure the writer thought 2045 would be filled with moon bases, flying cars, and a Jetson like lifestyle. However, with 2045 being a scant 31 years from now, I doubt if anything as substantial as a moon base will even be considered as a viable use of government or private funds. I'm sure the iPhone 40 will be well on it's way and people will still sit silent in groups of their friends not saying a damn thing while glued to the devic ...more
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Gerald Allan Sohl Sr. (December 2, 1913 - November 4, 2002) was a scriptwriter for The Twilight Zone (as a ghostwriter for Charles Beaumont), Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Outer Limits, Star Trek and other shows . He also wrote novels, feature film scripts, and the nonfiction works Underhanded Chess and Underhanded Bridge in 1973.

His 1955 Point Ultimate is a piece of Cold War invasion literature:
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