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The R-Master

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A repressively benevolent bureaucracy, intent on limiting and harnessing the effects of an IQ-boosting drug known as R-47, is thwarted by an underground led by an R-Master, latest of the drug-produced supergeniuses. Our hero's apolitical to start with but his chemically expanded perspective reveals the flaws in his superficial utopia. Energetically suspenseful, though the ...more
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published November 1973 by J.B. Lippincott Company (Philadelphia) (first published 1973)
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Jeff Miller
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy Dickson, and this is no exception. Solid story with some good insights.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judging by the cover this looks like some sort of weird scifi with people in floating chairs and space ships. The text on the cover says that it's about "playing Russian roulette for the mind and the winner taking the world"... it's not quite like either. Not really at all to be honest. And I think it's fantastic because of that.

The book is about Etter Ho, Etter has a brother, Wallace. Wallace took a drug called R-47, which has the chance of either making you a super-genius (an R-Master) or make
Chris Quenelle
Interesting Dickson novel. A product of its time.

Nothing special, but worth reading if you're a Dickson fan. Interesting shades of his future books on the development of human culture in the face of technology.
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
"Russian roulette for the mind - with the winner taking the world." Wouldn't you know it, the closer mankind comes to a utopian society, the bigger and scarier Big Brother gets. R47 is a mistake drug that for most does absolutely nothing, but for a very few make a man a mastermind, or take away his mind entirely. Etter Ho takes the drug in an attempt to save his brother's life (which was ruined by taking R47 in the first place). Instead of saving Wally, Et discovers the flawed basis of this mode ...more
I surprise myself, I really enjoyed this book. It's about a man who wants to be his own person and not be controlled by the society norm. He lived his life under the radar, but when he can't get through the red tape to revive his brother he decides he going to go work up the governmental ladder till he's to prominent to ignore. He gets what he wants but when the revival leaves his brother a shell, he discovers the flaws in the governmental system and wants to bring it all down.

I'm sure there is
Scott Davis
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The whole world is given whole body medicines to make them better. But sometimes theres a side effect. You may become a bumbling idiot or super intellect. Etter, becomes super smart and tries to fix society’s problems. This is one of my favorites from Gordon D.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade A.
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was a great science fiction book. I guess it appeals to my anti estabishment mentality.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anti-bureaucracy revolution. Great plot.
Good anti-establishment novel. The chemistry is a little hokey, but the social and political aspects of the book are well thought out.
Erik Graff
Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dickson fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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A moderately intriguing science fiction novel by Gordon Rupert Dickson about mind-altering drugs first published in November of 1973.
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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