- File Size: 203 KB
- Print Length: 69 pages
- Publisher: RosettaBooks (October 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00COO9BWI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Midas Plague (The Galaxy Project Book 17) Kindle Edition
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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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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.
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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Sincerely, it took me a lot of willpower to finish it, very much out of the 50s and it feels it.Published 7 months ago by brudigia
My first Kindle book purchase.
Fun to read a classic Sci-fi story.
Interesting journey back to expectations of the present. Read more
Thoroughly digestible race through one of Frederik Pohl's classic propositions on society. This reads like a hard-boiled radio stage play.Published 8 months ago by Will C
A short story written in the early 1950s it was enlightening in that things haven't changed all that much from today, 2014. Read morePublished 17 months ago by VikiLu
Frederik Pohl wrote some satirical masterpieces of SF, including his brilliant collaborations with C.M. Kornbluth The Space Merchants and Gladiator at Law. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Elliot
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