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There's some reaction these days that holds scientists responsible for war. Take it one step further: What happens if "book-learnin'" is held responsible...? A startling science fiction novel by H. Beam Piper (author of the classic LITTLE FUZZY) and John J. McGuire!
Paperback, 132 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Wildside Press (first published 1953)
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B.  Barron
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, favorites
This may be my new favorite H. Beam Piper story.
It has a few assumptions I don't agree with, and it typically paternalistic and cigarette-filled, but it gets so many little things dead on, especially early in the story. Social and political aspects just as relevant today as they were 60 years ago or 200 years from now.
I would love to see a gritty, modern retelling of this on Netflix!
Herman Gigglethorpe
Fans of Fahrenheit 451 might like this book. It's nowhere near as good as Bradbury's masterpiece, though it is fun and free through Project Gutenberg.

The title refers to the largely Illiterate society (yes, it is supposed to be capitalized) in the story. People became suspicious of literacy and books after a few more World Wars and nuclear holocausts. The authors also blame "progressive education" for giving TV and audio recordings instead of textbooks. However, the society grudgingly admits tha
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Jim
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Literate First Class Elliot C. Mongery, revealed by a quick left quarter-turn of the pickup camera, wore the same starchy white smock, the same Sam Browne belt glittering with the badges of the organizations and corporations for whom he was authorized to practice Literacy. The tablet on his belt, Pelton knew, was really a camouflaged holster for a small automatic, and the gold stylus was a gas-projector. The black-leather-jacketed bodyguards, of course, were discreetly out

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Becky
Standard action/political thriller from Beam, a bit more repetitive than some of his other works though. If you don’t mind his sometimes far-out stories then it’s quite an enjoyable vintage sci-fi. If you are new to H. Beam Piper start with Little Fuzzy, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, Space Viking, or Lonestar Planet.
Tommy Carlson
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Entertaining, but ultimately forgettable. It takes place in a world where reading is met with derision by the masses while also being jealously guarded by a learned elite. It ain't no Fahrenheit 451, although it includes the usual Piper rootin'-tootin' gunplay.
Lindsay
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, kindle, z2011
The thing with sci-fi, is that you can write a story about any idea you like. While I found the idea behind this story interesting, it was still a little unrealistic, with regards to basic human nature.
Gmc
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sf
Null-ABC , by H. Beam Piper

short story about a culture that believes only servants are supposed to read, and it is a crime to teach reading to the children of aristocrat's.
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Henry Beam Piper was an American science fiction author. He wrote many short stories and several novels. He is best known for his extensive Terro-Human Future History series of stories and a shorter series of "Paratime" alternate history tales.
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