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A World Between

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
TROUBLE IN PARADISE Pacifica was a monument to freedom and equality-until the off-worlders came. The Femocrats, a party of female separatists, and the Transcendental Scientists, an institute of technofascists dedicated to male supremacy. Carlotta Madigan, Pacifica's prime minister, and Royce Lindblad, her handsome young lover and media adviser, had to find a way to stop th ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 18th 2010 by Fantastic Books (first published 1979)
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Oct 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I try to finish everything I start reading in hopes that it would get better if in fact it does begin somewhat terrible right from the start. This one I got to page 90 before getting disgusted enough to continue any further.

Thanks to this book's storyline, I created a new shelf for my Goodreads tags: porno_sf.

This got to be too much. I am not a prude, but I can only take so much of overly descriptive sexual encounters in literature and this novel borders on an excessive amount of liter
Mike Zinn
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spinrad is so spot on at predicting the future. This book describes an electronic democracy so well that it is amazing that our world isn't exactly like the one he pictures. This certainly belongs with other great Spinrad novels like Pictures at 11 and Russian Spring. This guy is so underrated that it's a crime.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Pacifica is a peaceful planet, masters of the Galactic Media Web and rightly proud of their democratic, almost anarchic, government. Then a spaceship enters the system and although its message is peaceful, it could shatter the Pacifican way of life.

There were some interesting ideas in this book, such as the rather shrewd prediction of a global communications network (even called the Web) and the importance of the media in politics, but this was more then counter-balanced by a crude and awfully s
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the world and backstory, and found the characters interesting.
The problem is, the plot was completely unbelievable...

I don't know how to critique a plot line without filling this with spoilers, so I'll just leave it at this - I can suspend belief to get into a story, I can suspend belief to keep a story going. I can swallow FTL and talking dragons if you do it well enough - but this was just so full of it in spots I really had trouble holding my nose and soldiering on. Only the re
Sotiris Makrygiannis
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: internet, kindle
Alternative title: sisterhood of man. A real psywar manual for further study but at the same time a lovely story of what a man and a woman can do together. 4 stars because the plot was a bit monotonous but entertaining
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Born in New York in 1940, Norman Spinrad is 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 Wood in 1
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