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But as much as they grow disatisfied with their post-physical world of taped sensations very prescient of virtual reality will they be able to find fulfillment if they could house their brains in a body again? Although a novel concept with some disturbing and humourous ideas many Cerebrmorphs like to spend their time watching the machines go about the drudgery of their daily tasks through a visual window, replicating their old lives as couch potatoes in the most banal fashion the book would have benefitted by fuller development and less sexual maliciousness, so common to many of the science fiction writers of the time Larry Niven, Bob Shaw, Silverberg etc.
There is some fun to be had at the usual inaccuracies in science fiction stories written so soon after the moon landing and during the Cold War, when the far future seemed just around the corner. But the defects noted above, as well as a flatness to the prose throughout, condemns this novel to the status of largely unsatisfactory period piece. SO, at 1st, I was teetering on giving this a 5. Then it slid down to a 4 - wch it barely stayed at by the end of the bk.
Still, it stayed sufficiently fascinating. Aug 23, Tim Wake rated it liked it. If they ever achieve it, they get decanted into real bodies, where they live a sort of possessionless primitivist existence until they die. Not a lot of compelling characters or plotting to carry the freight of the ideas, this went out of print ages back, and I picked it up used somewhere.
Un libro muy interesante que muestra como cada uno de los participantes que forman parte de esta series de historias paralelas y entrelazadas intentan o no ascender, y un vistazo acerca de cual es la meta. Apr 24, Dave Goody rated it it was ok. I desperately wanted to like this book as I am trying to broaden my reading horizons, but I just couldn't get into the story.
It was written back in the 70s and as such, the sci-fi element is very dated, but if you are a fan of older sci-fi writing, I am sure you'll enjoy it. It just wasn't for me. Sep 09, Naomi rated it did not like it. It was strange enough to keep me reading to the end, but the hoped-for "Aha--this is why it was so disjointed and strange" moment never really arrived. Weird 70's sci-fi still doesn't do much for me, but I already knew that. Odd, philosophical, and occasionally smutty look at life as a brain in a jar, life in a paradise, and life in a good ol' human body. That's pretty much what I got out of it.
Jul 01, Scott Nieradka rated it liked it Shelves: crap-sci-fi. Should have been terrible, but i cant decide after it was done, if it really was. Pleasantly bizarre and disjointed 70s sci-fi, bad in a good way. I didnt think it was possible to like a brain in jars post apocalyptic book.
Sep 01, Erik Graff rated it liked it Recommends it for: Hjortsberg fans. Shelves: sf.
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The idea of disembodied brains had fascinated me since seeing the movie They Saved Hitler's Brain when fourteen, if not before. This novel took care of that. Jan 21, Abby rated it really liked it. A great way to "unplug" for a fast moving story. It is a great typical sci-fi book to help escape for moment in time. Mar 25, Andrew rated it really liked it. Shelves: crappy-science-fiction. Jan 27, Todd rated it really liked it.
Shoumik rated it really liked it Jun 29, Mentalsquid rated it it was amazing Dec 24, Luca Germani rated it really liked it May 13, Cl7ve rated it really liked it Sep 12, Spencer rated it really liked it Nov 29, J rated it really liked it Jul 12, Geoff rated it liked it Mar 12, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Science Fiction. About William Hjortsberg. William Hjortsberg. William Hjortsberg was an acclaimed author of novels and screenplays.
Born in New York City, he attended college at Dartmouth and spent a year at the Yale School of Drama before leaving to become a writer. For the next few years he lived in the Caribbean and Europe, writing two unpublished novels, the second of which earned him a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University. When his fellowsh William Hjortsberg was an acclaimed author of novels and screenplays.
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When his fellowship ended in , Hjortsberg was discouraged, still unpublished, and making ends meet as a grocery store stock boy. No longer believing he could make a living as a novelist, he began writing strictly for his own amusement. The first, a novel about human brains kept alive by science, was inspired by an off-the-cuff remark Hjortsberg made at a cocktail party. The second, a post-apocalyptic tale of a man who creates dreams, was later published in condensed form in Penthouse. After publishing Toro! This hard-boiled detective story with an occult twist was adapted for the screen as Angel Heart , starring Robert De Niro.
Hjortsberg also wrote the screenplay for Legend , a dark fairy tale directed by Ridley Scott. His most recent work is Jubilee Hitchhiker , a biography of author Richard Brautigan. Hjortsberg lives with his family in Montana. Books by William Hjortsberg. Trivia About Gray Matters. Aug Sales Ended. Event description. The most anticipated art event of the summer! Experience Mudgett's powerful new artwork at the official solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Read more Read less.
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