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The Gas

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
An accident at a secret germ-warfare laboratory allows an aphrodisiac vapor to infect all of Southern England, and within 24 hours the British countryside has exploded into an uncontrollable nightmare of lust, perversion, violence and insanity, as men, women, and children act out their deepest and weirdest obsessions and compulsions in Charles Platt's unique and explicit u ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1980 by Savoy Books (first published 1970)
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Paul Bryant
This novel is notoriously obscene. In 1970 copied were burned! With fire! Even in 1980 when it was reissued police raided the publishers and seized 3000 copies. Obscenity is sometimes said to be in the mind of the beholder, but I would suggest that if you don't think a lot of the sex & violence in this novel is obscene you might need to get help NOW. Therefore, those of a nervous disposition may wish to LOOK AWAY NOW as there may be some vulgar language ahead.

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Charles Platt
I really appreciate the comments from people here who read my book and enjoyed it (or otherwise) in the spirit in which it was written. My goal, back in 1970, was to write a book that would be utterly indefensible, as an expression of my hostility (back then) toward the world in general.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book would have made more sense (????) if the gas was just testosterone and not all sex hormones. It's probably for the best that this book is hard to find and I definitely recommend it to no one.
Michael X
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Psychotically sexual and depraved. A fun read, if you can find it!
Socket Klatzker
Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sexxx
This is the hottest dirty book I have read. It is porn and literature and social commentary- in an england gone haywire. It pushes boundaries while still remaining sexy. I would put the book down thinking, "Did I really find THAT hot." Yup. It is well written- not boring drivel with the sex as the reason why you continue to read. The science-fiction story is compelling as well as the sex satisfying. You know how some book sex is a tease - this one puts out.
S. Wilson
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the most perverted book you'll ever read. Period. It's like somebody heard the Aristocrats joke and thought, "Hey, that would make a great novel."

An accident at a military research facility results in a giant cloud of gas settling over London, a gas that increases hormonal output and decreases impulse control, essentially turning anyone that breathes it into a violent sex-crazed lunatic. The book follows Vincent, a survivor of the initial accident, as he races to pick up his wife and ch
Apr 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Owners of strong stomachs and people who enjoy throwing up
I made the mistake of 'reviewing' this book before I had finished it (in a response to a post about a recommendable biography):

"Im currently reading a book thats neither a biography nor recommendable.
In fact I think its the most nauseating novel Ive ever read. The
Gas (1970) by Charles Platt describes what happens to England when an
aphrodisiac gas cloud escapes from the research center where it was
developed as a chemical war tool. Its not pretty. All sexual inhibitions
fall down like banks and so
Craig Podmore
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pornographically sublime, a sexual war feast against the senses; it has the potential to be satirical yet, it has the ability to ejaculate such vitriolic language and imagery that can stain any reader's mind. Its amoral context is intriguing, almost Sadean in some places, it's relentlessly gratifying in a repulsive way and Platt enjoys dissecting his canvas (that is the UK) with a paroxysm of scathing proportion. Do read if you like literature that compels and confronts without limit!
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in the limits of free speech
Recommended to Steve by: Rodney Perkins
Absolutely filthy. There is something to repulse everyone here. This is well-written but extreme and often objectionable pornography by SF writer Charles Platt. A weaponized gas makes everyone who inhales it irrationally horny and then psychotically violent. This book is notorious. On second thought, maybe you shouldn't read it. Don't blame me if you do, though.
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant, but disturbing. It's erotica, but it contains virtually every kink known to the species. I really didn't enjoy it, but for some inexplicable reason I'm glad somebody wrote it.
Danny Mcphillips
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
The most shocking book I`ve ever read but still a fine book. I wont ever read it again but I`m glad I did. ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
It's porn.
Dec 16, 2008 marked it as to-read
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Charles Platt (born in London, England, 1945) is the author of 41 fiction and nonfiction books, including science-fiction novels such as The Silicon Man and Protektor (published in paperback by Avon Books). He has also written non-fiction, particularly on the subjects of computer technology and cryonics, as well as teaching and working in these fields. Platt relocated from England t
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