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One in Three Hundred: Book One in the One in Three Hundred Trilogy (Prologue Science Fiction) Kindle Edition

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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2126 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prologue Books (October 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009I3KCP8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This is only the first 60 pages of a 223-page book; I still have a copy of the original hardcover, purchased from Doubleday's "SF Book of the Month Club" almost 60 years ago.

The book was serialized in a magazine as novellas and then released as the complete edition, so calling it a "Trilogy" stretches the facts past the breaking-point. This first part ends almost mid-sentence, there is no closure, the story has barely begun to unfold.

As to the quality of the story, which normally would be the purpose of a review, it probably deserves 3 stars; McIntosh was an excellent writer, so even though the storyline is simplistic, it moves along quickly, and he manages to hold your attention for the brief time it takes to read these 20,000+ words.

In fairness, Amazon probably doesn't know the packaging here is deceptive, as they also carry the hardcopy edition, which is complete; and the new publisher's name, "Prologue Books," should give us fair warning that this is only the prologue of the actual book. If you want to read the whole thing from them, it'll cost you nine bucks.
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Format: Paperback
J.T. McIntosh (1925-2008) was the working name of Scottish writer James McGregor. He was active in the fifties through the mid-sixties, even though Damon Knight savagely attacked McIntosh for being a "half-bad writer" (_In Search of Wonder_, 1967, 64-66.). It is true that some of McIntosh's novels were not as tightly written as they might have been. But his short stories were consistently sharp and intelligent. Perhaps it is time to take another look at some of McIntosh's novels.

_One in Three Hundred_ (1954) is McIntosh's classic that was meant to be something of a high point in his career. It is a fixup novel based on three novellas from _Fantasy and Science Fiction_ : "One in Three Hundred" (Feb., 1953), "One in a Thousand" (Jan., 1954), and "One Too Many" (Sept., 1954). Knight accuses McIntosh of being a "gee-whiz" writer who throws one spectacle after another at the reader so fast that the reader doesn't stop to think critically about what is going on. This is true enough. But McIntosh's novel _is_ about the end of the world and the chaos that follows. I think that we can cut him a bit of slack.

The situation is this: Science has progressed to a point where it can predict with great precision upcoming eruptions of the sun. And a nova is coming that will boil away Earth's oceans and wipe out all life. There is just enough time to jury-rig a fleet of spaceships that can carry one out of every three hundred people on Earth. to Mars. The pilots of each spaceship are assigned districts and are required to pick ten passengers from that district to be on their ship. Nobody is to be told who is selected until the last minute.

The novel is told in first person from the point of view of pilot Bill Eassom.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up at a used bookstore, and boy howdy am I glad I did! It's a really wonderful old sci-fi book that doesn't seem dated at all, except perhaps by the overly optimistic and "good" main character, Bill Easson. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and feel lucky that I could. If you can get your hands on a book, do so! And hopefully Doubleday or another publishing house will re-issue this.

The basic plot: Life on earth is going to come to an end, and the powers that be can only save one in 300 people. Bill Easson is a spaceship pilot, so he gets to pick 10 people to go with him to in 300. In his case, he picks 10 people from a small town of 3,000 - leaving the rest to die as Earth does. Does he pick correctly? Really gripping...I only wish there was more!
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