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"The superb imagination of Philip Wylie, plus his burning desire to save mankind from its own wilful, unheeding poisoning of the air, land, sea and rivers, plus his very deep knowledge of the environment and its perils, make this novel of the near-destruction of a world seem like factual history rather than a look into the future...

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Paperback, 206 pages
Published November 1st 1973 by Daw Books (NYC) (first published 1972)
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Steve Joyce
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Later day Wylie is a lot like later day Wells ~ very preachy. He's on a roll in this book. Heck, he even goes off on an irrelevant tangent (maybe to hear himself talk) for several pages about the in-progress sexual revolution!

Wylie's fictional treatise (is that a contradiction in terms?) is so overwhelmingly cataclysmic in its predictions that it's tempting to dismiss the whole thing as ridiculous. Of course, one can't help that he purposely exaggerated things for effect; after all ~ exploding p
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Alex
This isn't so much a novel as a poorly-written list of a bunch of horrible ecological disasters - except rather than being horrible, so many of them are so far-fetched as to be really hysterical. There's a huge, huge, huge anti-industrial/anti-corporate feel to the book, down to frozen dinners that make people explode when they fart (I'm not kidding). I would be hard pressed to say which of the "disasters" is the funniest but boy there's a bunch of them. There's also a metric ass-ton of amateuri ...more
Joe
Jun 20, 2012 rated it did not like it


I rarely give books 1 star, but this "novel" was no such thing, more a disjointed screed against technology. There was no plot, just fragile threads connecting the various diatribes. I wish I hadn't wasted my time. No wonder it's out of print.
Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary"
This is an excellent cautionary tale about what will happen if mankind keeps polluting the environment.
Erik Graff
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I first heard of Wylie from C.G. Jung's mentions of his Generation of Vipers, a book purchased in 1973 but still unread, and from his two Worlds Collide novels, read some time later. Thus, finding this, his last book, was an inevitable buy.

The End of the Dream is a series of scenarios of ecological catastrophe framed within a dytopian science fiction novel format. Although mistaken as regards the time-frame of many of his forecasts, Wylie should still be credited for contributing to the raising
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Luke
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
The End of the Dream is Phillip Wylie’s pulpy tale of the end of the world. It’s his final work after a history of writing for films equally as creepy, adventurous, and campy (Island of Lost Souls, The Invisible Man) and after scathing indictments like Generation of Vipers. It reads as a compendium of newspaper clippings, editorials, letters, and classified government documents that tell of escalating catastrophes that befall the world thanks to man’s technological death march. A second narrativ ...more
Aaron
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Started, lost interest, too mechanical, too orderly with the look back of a book report. Not what I am looking for in an adventure at this time.
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Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was the son of Presbyterian minister Edmund Melville Wylie and the former Edna Edwards, a novelist, who died when Philip was five years old. His family moved to Montclair, New Jersey and he later attended Princeton University from 1920–1923. He married Sally Ondek, and had one child, Karen, an author who became the inventor of animal "clicker" training. After a d ...more
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