Of course some people do manage to live in air-conditioned luxury, and even buy beef from the meatleggers. There are always people who can get you things for the right price and others who have that price. Overall the feel of the book is grimy, hot, sticky, hopeless, and extremely crowded.
Solomon spends time in the second part of the book talking about why the country has turned out the way it has, and his words feel like something we could be hearing today. Or perhaps should be hearing today. As I said earlier, it is very easy to imagine our world becoming Andy's world. A few natural disasters, a little more climate change, one or two dozen more crooked politicians, lots and lots of more people and there we are.
I agree with Harrison's wish in his dedication. However, it does seem that we are well on the way to making this statement by Solomon a reality: One time we had the whole world in our hands, but we ate it and burned it and it's gone now. View all 7 comments. Sep 30, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: shelf , sci-fi. Oddly enough, I kinda expected something hokey before I read this, but instead, I just got a dystopian nightmare of overpopulation.
This isn't unexpected or a bad thing. I remember the riots, the pressure, the senseless violence, and the massive levels of injustice AND stupidity that brought us to this state. And yet, after reading this novel, that sense Oddly enough, I kinda expected something hokey before I read this, but instead, I just got a dystopian nightmare of overpopulation.
And yet, after reading this novel, that sense is more visceral, more realistic, and a lot less sensational. Yes, there's massive injustice. Just look at the Squatter law that gives priority to squalid massive families regardless of any consideration, or the way no detective is able to do his job because life is already worthless. For '66, this nightmare world that has used up all resources by and has ignored or actively fought all birth control or warnings, has resorted to sticking its head in the sand.
Sound familiar? Well, fortunately, our modern world is getting well-adjusted to living with less Of course, in some ways, the violence, the poverty, and the cultural clamp-downs are WORSE in our world. It's odd to see our 7. And yet I'm just saying this is a really fascinating world-building exercise. I love books that predict or fail to predict in really big ways. It's just snails Yum, yum. Apr 02, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction. Good morning class! Now, hands up everyone who knows what Soylent Green is made of.
Ah, that's very good. I'm glad to see you read your assignment. I'm sorry, we're not quite finished yet. What is the book's original title? No, of course it isn't a trick question. You should have read it a little more carefully View 2 comments.
Related Posts. For all that Soylent Green was a grim prediction of the future, its source material was perhaps even grimmer. That is not our business. Andy pushed his way back through the crowd around the steps and went through to the backyard first. Eventually, the society becomes completely dysfunctional, and the population plummets until eventually dies off completely.
Feb 19, Becky rated it it was ok Shelves: , audiobook , reviewed , politicalish , disappointing , science-fiction , owned. Where to begin?
This is my second, and probably last Harry Harrison novel. I know that he's considered one of the best science fiction writers of his time, and I can't disagree But it's not his time anymore, and in my opinion, his writing just doesn't stand the test of time. He shouldn't feel too offended though, this opinion applies to quite a few writers whose work shows its age, and not in a George Clooney "Gets Better With" kind of way. The ideas and concepts I can appreciate. The Sigh The overcrowding, the overpopulation, the over-consumption and the warnings to future us to not let it happen that way This stuff I can appreciate.
My favorite parts of the book were Sol's railing against the anti-birth control agenda, and Peter the homeless preacher's despair at it NOT being the end of the world when the clock strikes midnight on Jan 1, The rest was just set dressing Or outdated attitudes that irritated me more and more as the book went on. Sexism and misogyny, racism, classism I have a hard time ignoring these things just because the book is 50 years old and things were different then.
My thinking is, if Harrison was so ahead of his time thinking about overpopulation and a woman's right to choose whether to have kids or not, then he should also I dunno, not objectify and make it out that their only value lies between their legs. Woman after woman was described as greedy, hard, cold, and bitchy And also, coincidentally, usually overweight and lazy, too. Except Shirl, who was exceptionally beautiful And who sells herself because that's what beautiful girls do in a hard world. There is apparently no other work or options. Fuck for money and place and privilege, or barely subsist on rations and "love".
I just expect a bit more from someone who seems to think, in both of the books I've read of Harrison's, that women are capable and equal to men, but in every action writes them the exact opposite way. It bugs me.
And let's not even start the rant on how Asians were depicted. I can't get down with that shit.
Everyone sign up for the Voluntary Human Extinction Project Or more realistically Lobby your representatives for better birth control options - and NOT just for women - and safe abortion facilities, because, last I checked, it is still legal in the US, though some would rather unwanted babies be born to families that can't support them. Because that makes sense. Plan your families We have the technology. Or we overpopulate and consume even more than we do now, and everyone in our children's or grandchildren's future suffers.
That is all. View all 3 comments. A great book, depressingly enjoyable. It's amazing but I don't think i have ever read this book before. So when it came up as a Group Read for the "Apocalypse Whenever" group, I voted for it and bought a kindle copy. One of the best decisions i've made. It is set during in New York and proceeds all the way to the millennium. Now obviously it is 19 years past that date, and so it is interesting to see what Harry got right , and boy was it a lot.
That said some of the "future" as portrayed by A great book, depressingly enjoyable. That said some of the "future" as portrayed by Harry is an over exaggerated view of what occurred. Population out of control, horrendous pollution, over use of all the Earth's natural resources are just some of the issues facing the Earth and more especially the citizens of NY in this novel. Into this add a police force that is severely understaffed and over stretched.
A police force that might spend only a few hours on each of the numerous murders that occur on a daily basis. That is until a "fixer and supplier" for some very wealthy people is murdered. Then pressure is brought to bear on the police force to solve this case quickly and not to just let it go. A great story, depressing but enjoyable in the fact it is wonderfully written. A fine piece of science fiction that grabs you from the start with it's world building and high quality writing and entertains for over pages. Soylent Green might have been people but Make Room!
The detective aspect works as an interesting framing story that allows Harrison to explore the nuances of his world - food riots, vegan diets, w A fine piece of science fiction that grabs you from the start with it's world building and high quality writing and entertains for over pages. The detective aspect works as an interesting framing story that allows Harrison to explore the nuances of his world - food riots, vegan diets, welfare state, birth control, physical defects - without the use of mass amounts of exposition or the dreaded info dump.
And yet he manages to write real and fully developed characters who interact with this future in their own unique and subtle ways. Despite being written in and set in the entire concept is still incredibly believable and some of the political messages made in the novel still haven't been tackled by our leaders and politicians. This must sit alongside The Death of Grass as one of the most intelligent responses in the science fiction canon to the ecological disaster that threatens our race and planet and best of all it doesn't have its own political agenda offering absurd L.
Make Room! Make Room! is a science fiction novel written by Harry Harrison exploring the consequences of unchecked population growth on society . Recently, for reason on which I cannot quite put my finger, I've been reading books from which some of my favorite SF movies have been made, particularly from.
Ron Hubbard like theories as the saviour of civilisation. I know Harry Harrison from his Stainless Steel Rat and Bill, The Galactic Hero books which seem to specialise in being a bit silly, but this works brings a whole new level of respect to his work.
There are aspects of this book that have clearly influenced a lot of writers that came after him, Neal Stephenson builds a similar shiptown in Snow Crash for example and even describes it in much the same way. Yet still I can't bring myself to give it 5 stars. Don't let that dissuade you, this is one that you should definitely not miss if you're a fan of intelligent science fiction. It's the future - in fact! Over 7 billion humans, 35 million of them in New York City where a cop, a gangster's moll and a street kid all collide on their no longer separate searches for food and water security.
Shanties, tent cities, people living in ships and cars that can't move because there's no more oil. Sounds like Harrison only got the date wrong It's an odd book tackling the question of over-population back in the s when it seems to have first been taken seriously though not It's the future - in fact!