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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
1984 is the good old days. On America's campuses, professors hawk their courses, dozens of political groups compete in violence and computer-dating means having sex with a computer. It may not be all grind, but isn't it fun and games - as one senior finds out when he kidnaps his favorite professor - and kills him for his knowledge.
You are looking at the college of tomorrow
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published July 1977 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1977)
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First off…this book has an average rating of 3.12…3.12? c’mon peeps are you kidding me? Having just read this, I have my label-maker out and I’m creating a “CLASSIC” tag to smack on this bad boy of dystopian literature. This story is well-written, intelligent and very powerful.

This book does for anarchy, licentiousness the complete breakdown of the “State” what 1984 did for totalitarianism
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
This is my favorite Gunn novel yet.. & yet I largely disagree w/ its philosophical thrust. Nonetheless, it seems like the most developed & accomplished novel of his that I've read. This is a picaresque novel - the anti-hero, Gavin, is fairly foolish & stupid but not necessarily any worse than pretty much everyone around him. Gunn places his adventures in what wd've been at the time of writing a near-future society (from our time now a time past) - a dystopia the product of unchecked ...more
I had to keep pinching myself, keep reminding myself that this book was published in the 70s. There are simply way too many things that Gunn got exactly on the nose.

This was wild and dark and twisted and all-too-close-to-home. What if students were completely in charge of their university campuses and courses? What kind of learning would they partake in? Would they ever come home? What would the rest of the world be like? Where would the intellectuals and scientists go? Gunn does an excellent jo
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
Read this way back in the day. Did not like it much then, and I suspect that if I had a copy to re-read now, I would like it even less. A rather silly romp through a redneck interpretation of a future USA based on the perceived culture of the 1960s left-wing, hippie student world. The novel attempts to highlight the faults of the alternative cultural movement. It just did not work for me. Dumb.
Dave/Maggie Bean
Jul 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
My wife is baking bread.

That fact is more interesting than this book.
Mike Hayes
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not for those who cannot abide in the tools of logic being used on arguments they agree with.

Absolutely hilarious dark romp through college campuses ruled by wildly competitive political student groups, promoting anarchy and revolution, each attempting to redefine the cause fast enough to declare their predecessors as reactionary, thus winning the right to define curriculum, admission standards, etc. Such dystopian areas that their neighboring communities build walls around them. One st
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any reader of SF or dystopias, any lover of philosophy and anyone who cares to think, full stop.
Recommended to Brodysatva by: Baggsy.
A dystopian society, anarchy and philosophy. What's not to like? Well I loved this book so much when I first read it 20+ years ago, that it influenced my politics, the degree I ended up studying and my belief that everything is FUBAR and that we're all just children playing in a world that if we were more grown up about it, we could make life a Heaven.

Gunn's writing here - I've yet to read anything else by him - is pithy, punchy and funny. His eye for absurdity, for paradox and the stupidity of
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Predicted all of the silliness with computer/social interaction. Maybe other things as well.
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Interesting, but not worth a reread.
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American science fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work from the 1960s and 70s is considered his most significant fiction, and his Road to Science Fiction collections are considered his most important scholarly books. He won a Hugo Award for a non-fiction book in 1983 for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. He was named the 2007 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master ...more
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