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Preview — Null-ABC by H. Beam Piper
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!
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 ...more
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