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The Godwhale Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1975
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I've read this book several times and have always been struck by the originality and vividness of Bass' vision of our future as portrayed here. While many would dismiss a book of this sort as "wild-eyed" pulp science fiction, it is actually a brilliantly drawn narrative that merely extrapolates a future from current trends in population growth and social/biological engineeering. Clairvoyant and fun to read--T.J. Bass--who are you?
In my opinion, there are 3 things that make the book work. Firstly, the major ideas driving the plot, while not totally original, have an original spin to them. Secondly the narrative style is economic; his use of understatement and events ocurring through implication left me feeling I was being treated with respect as a reader. So often, when writers spell out EVERYTHING, I feel patronised. With The Godwhale, this wasn't the case. And thirdly, as a yarn, the story is satisfying; many times for me, sci-fantasy consists of sterotypic characters going on long journeys for melodramatic reasons. Thankfully there are no long journeys, the events are credible within Bass's post-apocalyptic world, and the characters are plausible and lightly sketched rather than drawn in heavy outline. In summary, a jolly good read and one I'd be happy to come back to again.
The Godwhale is in the cream of the science fiction genre. The ideas and concepts explored here have lasting impact and really get the reader thinking long after you've finished reading the novel. I especially liked how the author dealt with the idea of overpopulation and what sort of society might evolve in response to it.
If you like your science fiction with some real meat in it then this book is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a companion to "Half Past Human" which is my favorite book ever. This runs a close second. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Barry Memory
This book is ageless. T J Bass. Unsung genius. Read Half Past Human first.Published 26 days ago by Frank Target
It is almost unbelievable that this book was written when it was written. The technology seems like it was pulled from the headlines of today.Published 2 months ago by Briarcreekguy
I read my paper back copy until the letters began to fall off the page.
Read it as a college senior 40yrs ago. Made such an impression that I tried to move Heaven and Earth to get a copy in my later years.So glad it is back in print.Published 17 months ago by kevin J Hurley
This is my second read of this great book. I read the paperback many years ago. My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is the number of typos I found in the kindle addition. Read morePublished 20 months ago by YoungerOlder
iIt is an excellent SciFi book, I loved It. Is a trip in the time to a semi apocalyptic world with a handicapped hemi-human and with a mix of biotech, genetic manipulation, GMO... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cristian Araneda Tolosa