- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (13 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057512993X
- ISBN-13: 978-0575129931
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Godwhale (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 13 Mar 2014
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A post-apocalyptic dystopian fable by the acclaimed author of HALF PAST HUMAN. Introduction by Ken MacLeod.
About the Author
Thomas Joseph Bassler was an American science fiction writer and doctor, principally known for his 'Hive' stories. The first of these, published in GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION and IF, were combined into the novel HALF PAST HUMAN, which was nominated for the NEBULA AWARD in 1972. Loose sequel, THE GODWHALE, was also nominated three years later. His work explored the theme of overpopulation and was notable for its strong command of biological extrapolation. He died in 2011.
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The bulk of mankind (Nebishes) now live in vast underground cities. Resource poor, this is definitely a civilisation in decline. Mankind has sent colonies out to the stars, but now ekes out a meagre existence where everything, and everyone is recyled.
Larry Dever is the oldest sample of man, held in stasis whilst he awaits the development of medical technology that could restore his severed legs. When Larry is awakened by a fire in the stasis area he finds himself crawling through a resource poor society that wants nothing more from him than his death, to enable them to add him to the protein bank.
The Benthics are water dwelling humans that live by stealing food from the gardens of the great cities. Living in underwater 'bubbles', the Benthics lead a near starvation existence out of fear of the cities hunters who guard the gardens.
As the story unfolds and these four key elements entwine to form a classic tale. This is a delightful book, with strong characters and an engaging plot. If you can find a copy it is definitely worth adding it to your shelves.
Many meditations are presented to the reader as T. J. Bass explores the implications of the super-advancement of medical science, starting with the inevitable mass-overpopulation of the planet followed by the then necessary genetic and psychological adaptations of the race. Here then we have the 'Nebish' people. However, far off in the now baren and long forgotten oceans a giant half mechanical god whale awakens on the discovery of a second adaptation of the distant, human ancestors. These humanoid creatures, much more like man as we know him, live amphibiously and strike fear into the Nebish, towering over them physically and mentally. The truncated Nebish people soon hatch a ploy to protect themselves and the almighty Godwhale is to play her part in the 20 year war that ensues.
A book for those of you who like ideas; who enjoy the thought-experiments of sci-fi and who can forgive clumsy prose when the ideas are just that good.
I love the story and I was thrilled it has finally make it to an ebook.
The epic tale of Larry Dever, cut in half in a accident, propelled into the distant, distopian future seeking for a miracle cure to repair his life, but finding a new place in the world instead.
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Quite a bit of technical jargon mixed in with this but highly original and enjoyablePublished 6 months ago by adiefatlady