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Desperate Games Hardcover – 1973
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The scientists begin working on eradicating the pressures of disease, strife and conflict quickly allowing all mankind to work less and have more. The required workday is cut to about 2 hours with plenty of time for recreation and rest. The new leaders, the physical scientists, believe that they have achieved the optimum conditions for all the planet's inhabitants and everyone is happy with the new status quo.
In a short time it is noted that the rate of suicides has gone up and it is quickly determined that these are due to the lack of challenges for the people. The scientists decide that they will provide games to entertain similar to those held in the ancient world. Namely fights to the death between trained individuals. This works for a short time until the rate of suicides again climbs.Read more ›