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THE GODWHALE Mass Market Paperback – Oct 12 1975


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Oct. 12 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345246470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345246479
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,375,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By randy clermont on July 8 2014
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I wonder what the novels of the 00's will say about this generation of science fiction? It seems to me that science fiction often says a great deal about the collective fantasies and fears of the generation that spawned it-- I enjoyed reading _The Godwhale_ (which I read for the first time now), but found some of the more obvious political points about environmentalism, entertainment, and overpopulation to be a little bit grating.
_The Godwhale_ tells the story of a young man named Larry Dever who is put into Temporary Suspension when he's decapitated in a youthful prank. The idea is that he will be revived when science has caught up to the need of his physical problem. He's revived once, but isn't satisfied with the level of care he will receive, and when he's revived a second time he's revived into a hellish hive world where humans have overpopulated the globe at the expense of everything else and the population has devolved into helpless nebbishes of limited physical strength and form.
I was oddly reminded of Steven Spielberg's AI when I read the book-- perhaps because of the ultimate darkness of both stories combined with the length of time portrayed.
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In The Godwhale T.J Bass posits a future that is a realistic extension of present trends in population growth and technology. People have devolved or evolved--depending on your viewpoint--into three-toed "nebbishes" subsisting on protein "flavours". The great cities have become "hive" societies--impersonal microbe-heaps that have subjugated the earth and humanity for the greater good of the collective. As men/women relinquish their individuality/viability for the sake of the "hive"--a very few break free from the hive and meet the marine "protein rake" otherwise known as Rorqual Maru-- the Godwhale!
I've read this book several times and have always been struck by the originality and vividness of Bass' vision of our future as portrayed here. While many would dismiss a book of this sort as "wild-eyed" pulp science fiction, it is actually a brilliantly drawn narrative that merely extrapolates a future from current trends in population growth and social/biological engineeering. Clairvoyant and fun to read--T.J. Bass--who are you?
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I read this book when it was new and reread it again several years latter. Though about twenty years has passed it still stands in my memory for it's vision and feeling. The ideas and predictions for the future were frightening and thought provoking. It had the same kind of effect the hobbit and Stranger in a strange land had on me. It brought me to look at things from a different perspective and "changed me". What more can a novel do? I've spent the last couple of decades asking for more stuff from this writer when I go in the bookstore. Alas, I've found no more. Can anyone tell me why?
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