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The Midas Plague (The Galaxy Project Book 17) Kindle Edition

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Length: 69 pages Series: The Galaxy Project (Book 17)

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  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COO9BWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C.K. on August 29, 2012
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I read this first decades ago, and loved it for the plot itself.
Reading it again, I understand that I was not just enjoying the plot, but getting a deep but subtle commentary on science, economics, interpersonal relationships, and politics hidden away inside a fun story. I know well-crafted stores influenced me subtly in many ways in later life, and I thank Pohl for being the master writer and laying the groundwork for critical thinking in me.
You will have a good deal of fun with this, and face questions that we still haven't answered.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mec on September 11, 2014
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Contents

About Galaxy Magazine
About Science Fiction Novelettes and Novellas
About the Author
About the Author of the eForeward
About the Jacket
eForeward
The Midas Plague

There are 6 introductory sections for one novelette! And they are pretty bad, too -- cold, incomplete, and dull. As far as I can tell, all those introductions are good for nothing for but padding the page count.

The story is marred by more than a dozen OCR transcription errors and one bad duplicate passage. I know the budget must be tight, but come on.

The jacket is a nice touch, though.

The story itself is a wacky "what if". As another reviewer posted, it depicts people behaving irrationally in an irrational world. That makes it more of a satire rather than a serious work. Pohl manages to pull off the satire long enough to carry the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wright on April 7, 2013
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I remembered reading this long ago and went looking for it. The chance to put it on my Kindle and have it to read anytime thrilled me. I'll be gathering in more of this Author as well - a golden-ager and one I always appreciated.

It tells a good story, the roll reversal between wealthy and poor was why I remembered it in the first place; it is more than mere entertainment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2013
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This is a classic, written by Pohl in response to a challenge by an editor. Much in the vein of Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons", it is a satirical look at the ultimate effect of a consumer driven economy--or perhaps farcical would be more accurate, the logical extension of an illogical condition. Light and with tongue firmly nestled in check, it is a quick, relatively short introduction to the easy writing style that became Pohl's trademark. Is it Pohl's best, no. Is it something all readers of modern SF will embrace, probably not. Is it a solid example of what causes so many to reminisce fondly of the "golden age", definitely. A must read for anyone who want to explore what made Pohl Pohl, the golden age the golden age, and SF the force it is today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Turi L. Moore on September 22, 2013
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I enjoyed The Midas Plague because it is a good example of 1950's science fiction where the problems of modern man stem from automation and the resulting need for overconsumption. The Midas Plague is written with a tone of endearing satirical humor. The theme is still relevant in the 21st century as, not only has automation become more common, but applications and smart everythings have also taken over our lives.
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By VikiLu on August 31, 2014
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A short story written in the early 1950s it was enlightening in that things haven't changed all that much from today, 2014. The lead character marries a women from money who doesn't find it necessary to be going out all the time. He also keeps in mind his 'ration' card being careful to save in other areas. He has a job and boss who calls him into the office from time to time. At the time it was written it was considered somewhat futuristic. The symbolism and social mores haven't changed, maybe just loosened a bit. I happen to be an avid reader so considered it worth my time.
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By Carol R. Bauer on November 4, 2013
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Incredibly clever and very well written as I would expect from this outstanding scifi author. This is the sort of concept that turns the world upside down and you can't get it out of your head once you have devoured this story.
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Even more revelent in light of todays out of control consumerism. A great short read for 50`s SF fans like me. Must also add that the recent death of the author influenced my decision to purchase along with a good price.
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