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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  12 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
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Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published July 1977 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1977)
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Stephen
MOVE OVER “MOST POWERFUL DYSTOPIAN FICTION BOOKS” AND MAKE ROOM FOR KAMPUS RIGHT NEXT TO ORWELL’S 1984 ...
Kampus v2

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
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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
K.N.
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
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Ian
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.
Eric Reyes
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I bought this book from an antique shop for about a dollar. This isn't an insult, in fact this is what drew me to the book in the first place.

Reading though it, the book has vibes of dystopia throughout the first act, defined by heavy, philosophic discussions punctuated by quick, violent action. Violence and Vulgarity defines the world crafted by the novel, or, at least, the universities. We see Marxist strongholds kept in check by autonomy, external authority and internal conspiracy. Enter Tom
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Brent Winslow
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Written from the viewpoint of a college student in a dystopian future - Kampus follows this student through expulsion due to mercy killing his professor, across the country to Berkley. Reminds this reader of a futuristic dystopian version of the Odyssey.
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.

Synopsis:
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
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Brodysatva
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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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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