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City Machine

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The entire population of that colonized planet was crowded into one all-enclosed self-functioning city construction. For the majority the situation was like living forever in the steerage of an immigrant freighter. For a few there were some priveleges, and for the Highs, power and puxury had been secured by a change of language and the destruction of the old books.
Paperback, 143 pages
Published September 1st 1972 by DAW UQ1024
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Steve Rainwater
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Basic but readable short novel by a pulp author.

I picked up this DAW paperback on a whim at a used book store. The cover art and title were interesting but I'd never heard of the author. It's a very short novel at around 140 pages. The writing is minimal with very little description or characterization. The plot is set out in the first chapter and the characters walk through the expected story points to the expected conclusion. You'll probably guess who the traitor is well before the characters
Dr. David
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read it when I was in High School and still have my copy.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This book was a small book I read in a couple of days. I wanted a fast book and for that I use DAW yellow books. This one was not an exception. This book is set in a distant world colonized by humans aeons ago. They live in high cities like the Necromunda from Warhammer world. Big buildings that harbour thousands upon thousands of people. They are called City Machine. This technology has been lost through the ages because nobody can read the original language. Our main character Ryne a former ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The City Machine by Louis Trimble is well-written science fiction, suspenseful, tight, with fairly well-drawn characters and understandable motives. It doesn't present any brilliant new ideas, but an original plot combining such ideas as multi-generation star ships to colonize planets, protagonists trying to escape a future city (sort of like Logan's run), a colony comprised of a three-level city, and classes of people corresponding to their level, with rebels in the lower level (slaves, like in ...more
B. Zedan
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Folks who like a nice, straightforward daring hero changing his society
Shelves: real-book, re-read
So. Society is very clearly and very strictly broken into three (literal) tiers in a city built by (you guessed it) a city-making machine. On the lowest level are the folks who run the factories, the middle one you've got technicians and managers and up top are folks who seem to just do fancy stuff and think a lot.

We have a Hero and he is not only a Riser, having worked and proven himself to move up (again, literally) in the world, but he's the last person who can read the old written language,
Karl Drobnic
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fun tale that during the Cold War was unexpectedly hailed as a great novel of class warfare by the literary censors of Eastern Europe, and earned its American author windfall royalties - which he could only spend by visiting the Soviet Bloc countries.
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
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Louis Preston Trimble (2 March 1917 - 1988) was an American writer and academic. His published work included science fiction, westerns, and mysteries, as well as academic non-fiction. He generally wrote as Louis Trimble, but used the pseudonym "Stuart Brock" for some of his work.
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