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Well, 35 years later the world hasn't quite worked out this way, which still amazes me no end, although David Brin's recent novel, Earth, is an updated reprisal of this theme. Harrison's book is still a great read. Another book on the same theme that came out a few years later was John Brunner's novel, Stand on Zanzibar, which won a Hugo award for that year. So if you enjoyed this book you might also want to try these two novels.
MAKE ROOM! MAKE ROOM! is the novel that inspired the film SOYLENT GREEN, notable for its (at the time) shocker of an ending and the fact that it was Edward G Robinson's last film (and he delivered a wonderful performance that even got tears from his normally wooden co-star Charlton Heston). While the basic premise of the novel and the film are similar, the two versions take the story in entirely different directions.
The setting is the one thing that novel and film have in common: New York City, sometime in the not-all-that-distant future (1999 in the novel, 2022 in the film). Blanketed in a smog that turns the air brown, and sweltering under an oppressive heat wave, the basic setting may well be the most disturbing aspect of both the novel and the film, because climate change is now a reality and we may very well be heading where they point if we don't do something to stop it.
Overcrowded, with 35 million inhabitants crammed into what housing there is like so many sardines, Harrison's novel is even grimier than Orwell's NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, though the influences of Orwell, Huxley, and Zamiatin are in evidence here.
So the premise isn't terribly original, but let's face it: the futuristic dystopia is a sub genre of science fiction, which by its very nature makes it somewhat narrow, and similarities are bound to crop up. Harrison makes up for what he lacks in originality by making his characters real people. This is perhaps the only area in which the novel is superior to the film, since with the exception of Robinson's character most of the cast is right out of Central Casting.Read more ›
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There is so much thought and detail. You can practically feel the grimy, filthy world that the characters live in. It's a truly awful setting. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Steven Byrd
Good book, Missed Heston's famous last. Line from Soylent MovieMake RoomPublished 19 days ago by Ray Tenney
This book is very good, but not at all like the Stainless Steel Rat series. It is a very dark society that he describes, and one that surely already exists in this world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amelia
A little disappointed the book uncharacteristically does not live up to the motion picturePublished 4 months ago by mark a. johnson
If you have seen the movie "Soylent Green," then there is a good chance you will not like this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Starfleet Dad
One of those rare exceptions where the movie outshines the book. Actually I can't believe this was the source material for the movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hakamo88