THE GODWHALE Mass Market Paperback – Oct 12 1975
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Bass demonstrated a thorough command of biological extrapolation and a sustained delight in the creation of a witty, acronym-choked language―THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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 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.
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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The Godwhale by T.J. Bass is a remarkable novel. It depicts the strugle of a people against the system and their strugle for survival in a very unhappy land. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 1999