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Crompton Divided

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He is a tortured soul. Separated at an early age from two conflicting personalities, Alistair Crompton has decided on a daring scheme to reintegrate himself.

But installed in different bodies and despatched to different planets, his two other selves have developed lives of their own: Loomis, who is completely self-indulgent and amoral; and Stack, vicious and impulsive. Bot
Paperback, 182 pages
Published November 1st 1979 by Bantam Books (first published March 1978)
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** disclaimer: this book was originally published in 1978. we have different terms and interpretations for mental illness now than we did then. i reminded myself of that when i read this book and i'd advise anybody who might read it to remind themselves of same and that it is a work of speculative fiction.

when alistair crompton was just a kid, he did some pretty horrifying things. when his parents finally undertook to get him treatment, they were told that he had "viral schizophrenia" and it had
Have you ever felt as if you were not yourself? As if there are two or three yous inside? As if every day you were fighting with your other you to stay in control? In the future they found a solution - they "surgically" extract those other sides, those Hydes your Jekyl fears might make him Hulk down everyone in the near vicinity and hurt your beloved ones. Then, they send them far, far away, far enough to never cross your paths... Is it a good solution to the problem? The hero of the story, or r ...more
This was a fun read in places but ultimately a letdown. I've read a couple short pieces by Sheckley and had high hopes, but the ending turned a credible speculative study of personality into a cartoon image of insanity. Can't help but love the concept of Psychosmell Inc., but I was left wishing for a more satisfying conclusion.
Crompton was a troubled youth - multiple personality disorder - so they separated his selves and embedded his louche over-sexualized persona in one artificial body, and his hyper-agressive self in another, and then dispatched the two to different and distant locations across the galaxy. This leaves Crompton highly functional but emotionless, and many years later, after a successful career, he commits a crime to fund his goal of finding his seperated selves and re-uniting with them: literally. We ...more
Kind of odd. It's funny at times, but I found the style really awkward to read. Great (if somewhat predictable) ending.
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One of science fiction's great humorists, Sheckley was a prolific short story writer beginning in 1952 with titles including "Specialist", "Pilgrimage to Earth", "Warm", "The Prize of Peril", and "Seventh Victim", collected in volumes from Untouched by Human Hands (1954) to Is That What People Do? (1984) and a five-volume set of Collected Stories (1991). His first novel, Immortality, Inc. (1958), ...more
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