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Into the Slave Nebula

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It was carnival time on Earth. Prosperity was at its peak; science had triumphed over environment; all human needs were taken care of by computers, robots and androids. There was nothing left for humans to do but enjoy, themselves . . . to seek pleasure where they found it, without inhibitions and without thinking of the price. Then an android died - in a senseless, brutal ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Lancer Books #73797, 176 pages
Published 1968 by Lancer Books (NY) (first published 1960)
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - August 25, 2013

Do you ever think about slavery? For many US citizens, like myself, the use of slaves in the establishment of the wealth of this nation is still a huge point of shame - even 150 yrs after its abolition here. Nonetheless, I suspect that most people who at least pay lip service to scorning slavery think of it as something in the past. But why would it be? On the level of common social opinion slavery is
Into the Slave Nebula was wonderfully enjoyable pulp, a real fun ride.

In particular, it had a few ideas I had not encountered previously. A utopian earth where the people are hypersexual lovers of violence. A Viking planet ruled by family clans. Forgotten planets, unable to communicate with the rest of humanity after centuries of isolation. There were others, but to reveal them would spoil the unsettling primary plot.

Suffice to say, while it was by no means a literary masterpiece, this was a
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade B.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As SF goes, it is getting a bit dated, but still interesting enough light reading.
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earlyish Brunner , pulpy but not awful. good review here.
Stephanie Wilson
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pulpy, of course, but it was good pulp.
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John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College. He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen-name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full-time until 1958. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie ...more