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The Green Millennium

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Hugo and Nebula award-winning Fritz Leiber is a science-fiction grand master with an unparalleled ability to discern the stranger side of the universe. The Green Millennium is set in a futuristic human society based on our own. The regimented, regulated and bureaucratized life style led by the misanthropic Phil Gish leaves him feeling vaguely dissatisfied and emotionally ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 1st 1983 by Ace (first published 1953)
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Green Millennium is about a man, Phil, (and Arthur Dent type but without all the charm, i.e. audience surrogate almost no personality) who has a brief encounter with a magical green cat. Lucky (the cat) makes everyone around him feel connected and loved. In this world of conservative politics (I was going to type hyper-conservative politics, but then I realized that the religious-right fictional president and his Bureau of Loyalty isn't that far off from what our current Republican candidate for ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
THE GREEN MILLENNIUM generally seems to be regarded as a minor Leiber novel - not without reason, although it's full of good (and certainly odd) things, and involves themes that Leiber also used elsewhere, usually to better effect.

The society Leiber describes is febrile and unpleasant - and now seems rather familiar: '...Not that this current social madness is a deep secret or anything to be startled at. What other results could have been expected when American society began to overvalue on the
Joel Flank
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun, quirky book set in a dystopian future from the point of view of 1950s McCarthy Era. There's lots of issues in the world with a conflict between the debauched liberal US with a strong undercurrent in politics for more puritanical values, still facing off against the Soviets. At the same time, the common everyday man has a spirit crushing job, and resorts to all sorts of escapism, from VR, exotic performance shows (like male-female wrestling!!!) and all sorts of pornography, while ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certo è un gatto non di questo mondo quello che arriva a portare serenità e armonia, e certo, la storia è una buona storia ma tutto sommato nulla di che. Se non fosse per il gatto, per l'essere supremo del cosmo.
Mi è piaciuto questo vecchio romanzo, e credo che piacerà a tutti gli amanti dei gatti, nostri signori e benevoli padroni.
Steve Rainwater
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crazy quest for a green cat in a steam punk world populated by a host of strange characters.

Best book I've read this year and I found it very funny. It was written in the 1950s, well before steam punk was a thing, but the best way I could describe the setting is a dystopic, cold war world with a retro steam punk like vibe.

A down on his luck Phil Gish wakes up one morning to find a strange green cat purring at his open bedroom window. The cat somehow fills Gish with a sense of peace and
Kris Sellgren
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, cats
I loved this Fritz Leiber science fiction novel, set in the 21st century as imagined from the mid-20th century. Mild-mannered Phil Lesh wakes for the first time ever feeling happy and adventurous, after a green cat appears in his apartment. But the green cat is soon kidnapped, and Phil’s efforts to rescue it land him in a tangle of professional wrestlers, mobsters, religious nuts, sinister government organizations, Soviet agents, and aliens. The only word to describe the plot is wacky. Phil, who ...more
Craig Todd
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 1950's style "future' vision, with a little noirish attitude. Fritz Leiber is Always(!) a Great choice for something to read - Always entertaining and different than most other things.
Carl  Palmateer
Interesting little book but not one of his best.
Robert Woford
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super hippie-ish, but it was green cats and you can't beat that. Is peace on Earth possible without alien intervention?
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Phil Gish is a man who feels out of place in an increasingly hectic world. Into his life comes a small green kitten that he names Lucky that changes his life and involves him in a conspiracy that will change the world.

I don't really have an awful lot to say about this book. The last Leiber that I read was a collection of short stories that I loved, but this was a fairly straightforward adventure with some fairly odd characters. There is some wry comment on America with prescient views of a
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I find that I enjoy Lieber more as a short story writer. I assume it's because when he was writing the genre really was more disdained as pulp than it is now so there was maybe more of a market for short stories. Who knows? This book, and also The Big Time, are full of really fantastic ideas but the writing doesn't quite fulfill the promise of the super-awesome premise.
On the other hand, I'm a sucker for stories involving cats. I really want to get Lieber and Heinlein together and show
Josh Malle
An aimless young man finds a stray cat, and ends up getting involved with "male and female wrestlers, religious crackpots, gun-toting psychoanalysts, girls with claws, hep-thugs, world-famous scientists, espers, vice syndicates, FBL raids, national and international crimes, and a whole lot of other things that were much, much too big for Phil Gish."

One of Fritz Leiber's lighter and lesser works. But then again, maybe it just wasn't my kind of thing. It reminded me of Douglas Adams' "Long Dark
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great futuristic story in a super-commercialized America, of Dick Tracy-like evil characters vs other-worldly beings including a very powerful sweet natured green cat and humanoids that are really alien horses, along with the green cat's unwitting friend Phil. Great fun, vivid and still plausible futuristic scenes and technologies conceived by Leiber in 1953. Great dialogue and descriptions. So many characters, had a hard time keeping track of who's who, but it didn't really matter.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Leiber! Here's one where bemused everyman Phil Gish meets a miraculous little green alien with the power to make everyone kind, happy and peaceful. Those in power, including the US government, the Soviets (at their cold war worst)and the local gangsters are very, very worried - natch - and much amusing mayhem follows. Think Guys and Dolls with Cats.
Jonathan Oliver
Because it's Fritz Leiber, it's obviously well written and entertaining. However, this is one of Leiber's more sligh novels. A pot boiler, a caper, a comedy SF adventure. That's not to say it isn't fun, and an easy read, but in the Leiber canon this is only of middling significance.
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exuberant tale of a green cat and its supernatural-narcotic powers.
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I suppose one can only expect so much from a book set in the future of 1953. On the other hand, cats FTW!
Jakk Makk
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, if you have the will to be weird, plus a green cat as a plot device.
Marian Alexander
I wanted to like this more than I did, as so many authors I like cite him as an influence. Will try something else of his.
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Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr. was one of the more interesting of the young writers who came into HP Lovecraft's orbit, and some of his best early short fiction is horror rather than sf or fantasy. He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at ...more