- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Seven Stories Press (April 4 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583220216
- ISBN-13: 978-1583220214
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.2 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 290 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
The Millennium: A Comedy of the Year 2000 Paperback – Apr 4 2000
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About the Author
UPTON SINCLAIR was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 20, 1878, and died near Bound Brook, New Jersey, on September 20, 1968. His novel The Jungle (1906) led to the clean up of nation's meat supply industry, and to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration; another, The Brass Check, paved the way for the Newspaper Guild; Boston influenced America's perception of the Saccho-Vanzetti case; OIL! opened America's eyes to avaricious corporate oil swindlers; Dragon's Teeth brought him the Pulitzer Prize for Literature; and his eleven-volume Lanny Budd series became an internationally popular history of the world from 1911 to 1950. Sinclair was a true Renaissance man and a fearless crusader for social justice.
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THE MILLENNIUM arose in 1924 from the ashes of an unproduced play that Sinclair originally wrote in 1907. The theatrical origins of the story show through, with distinct acts and grandiose dialogue. It fits well into the post-apocalyptic fiction genre, almost sounding like a JG Ballard plot: in the year 2000, Central Park is occupied by a towering building containing the nation's pampered and isolated elite. A radiumite bomb goes off, killing everyone on the planet except a handful of "lucky" occupants who are able to escape the effects of the blast in a plane. On their return to New York, they begin to repeat the mistakes of the past. As a complete breakdown of civilization looms nearer, the question arises: is there any hope?
Well, there is hope for these unfortunates, and if you are familiar with Upton Sinclair, you can probably guess the answer. I can see the point that Sinclair was trying to make with this story; actually, his point is impossible to miss, as he repeatedly clobbers you over the head with it. The dialogue is somewhat cheesy, but sometimes funny - certainly enough to keep me interested. While I don't feel that it reads well as basic literature, it certainly makes for literate sci-fi, especially having been written when it was.