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Garbage World

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Rubbish Dump Of The Galaxy

Life on the small asteroid Kopra, the dumping ground whose sole function was to receive specially packaged waste material from surrounding pleasure worlds, was harsh and dirty. Carefully avoided by Off-Worlders for centureies, Kopra and its rough and ready, filth encrusted inhabitants suddenly became the object of extrodinary interest to officals
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 1977 by Leisure Books
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Paul
The United Asteroid Belt Pleasure Worlds Federation is a group of prisitne pleasure worlds on asteroids in a certain star system. What do they do with their garbage? Recycle it or burn it? In specially packaged containers, they rocket it to the asteroid Kopra, whose sole function is to act as the Federation's garbage dump.

Kopra brings new meaning to the word "disgusting." The layers of trash are miles thick. The smell is overpowering. It has artificial gravity and an artificial atmosphere, so a
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Tom Cole
Sep 13, 2011 Tom Cole rated it it was amazing
My mom got me this book for Christmas because I had taken to calling everyone garbage mouth. This book taught me a great truth. They have a big man culture. The big man gets first pickings of all the garbage that falls on the planet. He says, "May be a load of diamonds or a load of shit, but whatever it is, it'll be something worth having." The visitor says that it isn't fair that he gets first pickings and there's nothing left for the poor people. The big man says, "Look, the way I figure it, ...more
Christian
Aug 13, 2013 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Gross! But in a good way, of course.

Garbage World challenges the reader to look at life from an almost alien perspective. Instead of hygiene, cleanliness and order, what if filth, stench and grime were the norm? Instead of making love on high thread-count sheets, how about in a pool of mud and toxic sludge?

Garbage World is not a pretty book and as you read it you can almost imagine the unbearable stench emitted by people whose clothes are literally rotting off of their bodies. Nevertheless, the
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Josh
Sep 07, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok

Found this on sale for 25 cents at the book warehouse and thought it was interesting enough to pick up. A short read, an a novel concept but a little short-sighted with an unambitious, simple storyline. Interesting to see the space travel and technology concepts from the sixties - still using TVs, paper printouts, etc. This was even pre-Star Trek. The writing is a little too pulpy and plotting/dialogue a little cliched. It's pretty predictable, but not a bad read overall.
Margaret Killjoy
Nov 16, 2010 Margaret Killjoy rated it really liked it
First of all, this book is awesome. It's awesome because it's a proto-hippy science fiction book about someone who learns to love living in filth with a society of scavengers. It's got brilliant class politics and it's entertaining as hell.

It's also pulp. It's not terribly well-written, but instead of being overly verbose or complicated, it's overly simple... which is a good way to err, if you ask me. The gender politics are certainly imperfect. But did I mention the filth? Hell yeah.
Jeffrey Dannaldson
Mar 03, 2011 Jeffrey Dannaldson rated it really liked it
This is a prime example of "pulp science fiction". Totally cheesy and implausible, and yet I loved it. I mean, why dump trash on an asteroid when you could just jettison it into space? Not all SF needs to be deep or meaningful. This is just good, dirty fun.
Beverly
Jul 23, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it
I was not disappointed! What an interesting concept and study on human nature. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a fast, easy read, just right for a rainy summer day :)
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Charles Platt (born in London, England, 1945) is the author of 41 fiction and nonfiction books, including science-fiction novels such as The Silicon Man and Protektor (published in paperback by Avon Books). He has also written non-fiction, particularly on the subjects of computer technology and cryonics, as well as teaching and working in these fields. Platt relocated from England t
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