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The Clockwork Man (The Radium Age Science Fiction Series) Paperback – September 3, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: The Radium Age Science Fiction Series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HiLoBooks; Reprint edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935869639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935869634
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Edwin Vincent Odle's ominous, droll, and unforgettable THE CLOCKWORK MAN is a missing link between Lewis Carroll and John Sladek or Philip K. Dick. Considered with them, it suggests an alternate lineage for SF, springing as much from G.K. Chesterton's sensibility as from H.G. Wells's." — Jonathan Lethem (2013)

"This is still one of the most eloquent pleas for the rejection of the 'rational' future and the conservation of the humanity of man. Of the many works of scientific romance that have fallen into utter obscurity, this is perhaps the one which most deserves rescue." — Brian Stableford

"Perhaps the outstanding scientific romance of the 1920s." — Anatomy of Wonder

About the Author

Edwin Vincent Odle (1890–1942) was founding editor of the British short-story magazine Argosy, and a member of avant-garde author Dorothy Richardson's circle. Odle's only other science fiction novel was never published, and is now lost.

Annalee Newitz is editor-in-chief of the science fiction and science blog io9. She's the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (2013) and Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (2006).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Babbey Jackson on November 19, 2013
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This was a quick, smooth read that impresses with the heft and harbinger of many plot points and character peccadilloes that would become staples of science fiction over the next 90 years. There are moments of smile and intrigue but what Odle captures very well is the mix of amusement and horror the people around the Clockwork Man experience.

The short - I found it fascinating in the time that it was written and the ease of the author's prose moves things along nicely. It's a fun read over a lazy weekend. Perhaps try a nice Victorian era pub, some place with gadgetry decor to set the clockwork mood?
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This is an good book, although starts off a bit strangely and a bit parody-like. It develops, though into it's core them of the encroachment of technology on the nature of mankind. As well as control by the norms of society. Even though it was published back in 1923, it has many things in common, both with our present day and our future as well. While the book is based strictly on a mechanical `control' of man, in our modern times we are faced by both mechanical control, control by law / censorship of speech / ideas, and perhaps more tellingly, by medication.

There is though, a rather bizarre introduction by someone who decides to interpret the book in the eyes of feminism. As the book has pretty much nothing at all to do with feminism, it is a very incompetent choice for an introduction. The introducer even makes the opening statement " day women will team up with benevolent aliens to implant a clock in you to control your behavior". Well, sorry to tell you, but if you actually read the book, absolutely no `teaming up' occurs, basically the makers do what they want and take who they want for themselves.

Another embarrassing statement by the introducer: "Allingham's horror at the clockwork man is only paralleled by his horror at his fiancés radical idea's of feminine equality". Excuse me? You're actually equaling a male character's extremely minor annoyance at his girlfriend essentially `acting like a woman`, with his total and abject horror of the total and complete mechanized control and mutilation of the human race? You have got to be kidding me!

Another: "A & L's relationship hints at the conflict that forces women to banish men to the clock". Hello!?, that is simply a complete lie, that is not part of the book at all!
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