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i'm hoping to rediscover a book i'm thinking about, but can't recall the title or author. maybe someone here can help.
i thought i was thinking of either Orwell's 1984 or Huxley's Brave New World, but current re-reads of both show that not to be the case.
what i recall from the book i'm trying to remember is that it, too, describes a dystopian future including a large, bureaucratic government. the most distinctive element of this bureaucracy to me was its widespread use of portmanteau, acronymish terms for most elements of the government. the "Satisfaction Section" became SatSec, and the Director of that was the DirSatSec. one of the major barometers of this government was not our "GNP" but the Satisfaction Rating, or SatRat.
any help in determining what is this book's title and/or author would be greatly appreciated. since it wasn't either of the 2 books i originally guessed, it would have most likely been published sometime in the 80s.
Matthew, I think you are talking about the book "The Tomorrow File" by Lawrence Sanders (search for "Tomorrow File" will find it for you). You can read an excerpt from it here on Amazon.com. They talk about the DEPDIRSAT, the Deputy Director of the Satisfaction Section and the DOB, the Department of Bliss. It has always been one of my favorite book so I knew it sound familiar. Hope this helps.