- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Cascade Mountain Publishing (October 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892884011
- ISBN-13: 978-1892884015
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,595,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A for Anything Paperback – October 1, 1998
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Cascade Mountain Publishing is proud to reissue this classic by Grand Master Damon Knight, and to provide a new generation of readers an opportunity to experience this bold, unique vision.
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The end of life on Earth as we know it. A simple device, a cloning machine unlike any other. So pervasive, it can even clone itself.
No more work.
No more want.
No more need.
It was only a matter of time until someone duplicated people...
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The characters are uniformly unlikeable, cardboard cut-outs, or both at once; they seem to drift in and out of the protagonist's narrative at random. Events and relationships that were supposedly of great importance to him are described briefly or even omitted entirely. Much time is spent describing the mountaintop city of Eagles, yet without it ever feeling real. Major philosophical issues around the duplication of humans are glossed over; two characters are forced to think about the issues, yet most of them aren't even stated and we never get any outcome from their supposed grappling with their self-identity. One glaring issue--what would happen to all the trash produced by a society that could duplicate as much of anything as it wanted?--is ignored entirely, and instead we are expected to believe that mankind has allowed nature to return to a semi-wild state over most of North America.
In addition, this is a poor Kindle conversion. As well as OCR typos, there are chunks of text repeated at random. This is the second Kindle book I've purchased from RosettaBooks, and both have had major quality issues.
Dick Jones is the teenage scion of a family in the Poconos that controls the surrounding countryside a few generations following the introduction of the Gizmo. He lives in a world of physical comfort and plenty, at least for those who run things by controling the Gizmos, a world with fifty slaves for every free man, a world in which personal honor and position means everything. Sent off to Colorado for four years of military training and social polishing under the authority of The Boss, he discovers a very different world among those who compete for real power, and also among those at the very bottom of the ladder.
I first read this book in high school in 1959 in its original incarnation as _The People Maker_ (actually, it had appeared in shorter form in F&SF two years earlier) and its philosophical proddings made me think about a lot of new things. In fact, it stuck with me so thoroughly, I finally had to chase down a copy so I could renew my acquaintance with it. I don't know if Knight's predicted results from such an invention are the only option, frankly, but it's still a first-rate intellectual adventure.
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