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3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In his own inimitable style, Spinrad examines in four stunning novellas one of his most compelling obsessions--the possible "futures" of America. Written with the biting wit and penetrating insight that are his trademarks, this new collection is exciting and essential reading.
Mass Market Paperback, 273 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1988)
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Lee
Aug 04, 2009 Lee rated it it was amazing
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I'm not the best at writing reviews, but since no one else has for this book, I feel I must.

First of all, it a collection of 4 novellas about different futures that could exist for America. America affected by overpopulation, or environmental destruction, or strong censorship. One is a fairly normal America though.

The novellas are:
Street Meat
The Lost Continent
World War Last
La Vie Continue


Only one of them deserves 5 stars in my opinion (World War Last) and the rest are either 3 or 4 stars.

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Bogdan Dobrescu
Dec 21, 2013 Bogdan Dobrescu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Novellas arent my piece of cakes,but i actually liked these.The first one,"Meat street" felt right,but was a bit too rushed.it was a short,all right,so maybe that was the issue for me.
The second and third ones were the ones that sealed the deal for me.Lost country?Atomic and radiation poisoning?Dystopic worlds?GIMME GIMME MORE!
The last one was actually the cherry on top.It was a novella and,the plot was actually intriguing enough to make me "twirl" a couple of time in my seat.
Beckah
Mar 11, 2011 Beckah rated it it was amazing
Picked this up on a whim; took forever to read it; loved every second when I finally got around to it. Appropriately enough, have a desperate desire to see the last novella ("La Vie Continue") made into a movie. Has that been made into a movie? Because that movie would be amazing.
Cristina
May 29, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O colectie de povestiri despre viitorul Americii. Unele triste, altele vesele, cele mai multe foarte reusite. Preferata mea ramane cea in care soarta lumii sta in mainile unei momai rusesti si a unui obsedat sexual american. Ambii presedinti de stat. E chiar SF asta?
David Agranoff
Jan 21, 2011 David Agranoff rated it liked it
Street meat alone is Worth reading, three great novels and one weird one I am not sure what to think of. Spindrad is fantastic and underrated in my opinion.
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Born in New York in 1940, Norman Spinrad has been an acclaimed SF writer.

Norman Spinrad, born in New York City, is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. In 1957 he entered City College of New York and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree as a pre-law major. In 1966 he moved to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris. He married fellow novelist N. Lee Woo
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