- Publisher: Tom Doherty Assoc Llc; Reprint edition (May 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812555149
- ISBN-13: 978-0812555134
- ASIN: 0812555139
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,397,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mallworld Paperback – May, 1984
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Mallworld is a collection of seven short stories all taking place in the same universe, a place far in the future where everyone lives in space, and there's a shopping mall the size of a planet.
The whole book is excellent. That's basically going to be the rest of my review: EXCELLENT. Would recommend. Ten out of ten. I picked up a paperback book from the 80s that no one had ever heard of and was not expecting it to be of this quality.
My only qualm is the front cover text, which advertises the book as being the next funniest thing to the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. First off, that is a really high expectation to place on your book. Second of all, it's totally not true. This book is not much of a comedy book. The locations and events are odd, and humorous, but not very funny. Most of the stories are dark and weird. Enjoyable, and light-hearted, but not very funny.
A hidden gem. I love it so much and it needs more recognition!!
Now, this Thai import--occasional avant-garde composer, horror film director, and mildly prolific science-fiction author ([...] here to bring back everything we loved about the 1980s.
Consumer culture. Conspicuous consumption. Noise, music, and decadence. The ultimate Big Government--hyperintelligent aliens watching over the solar system, locking humanity away from the stars, and providing incredible technology. The book describes the Mall of the Future: the size of a planet, and caters to every possible consumer of anything, human and alien alike. A series of smoothly-written, clever short stories, punctuated by advertisements for the wonderful products available in the mall.
Feast your eyes on the Mallworld Vampire, reduced to a sideshow at the Way-Out Suicide Club. Check out the daring youth, who refuse be decently nude like their parents are, and instead wear shapeless, indecent potato sacks. Join the Cult-of-the-Month Club. Try a dose of Levitol, and bounce off the ceiling. Forget that useless literacy, and interact with salesdroids. Live at the very center of solar commerce.
This book, published in 1984, is vaguely out of print. I found it in a used bookstore a few years ago and loved it; it seems that even this site is having some problems with it. The pages are well-leafed, passages are underlined to read to friends.
(c) 1996 Danyel Fishe
In an ever-more crowded solar system confined by alien overlords, the humans living in the rural Belt as well as urbanites all flock to Mallworld to find EVERYTHING and ANYTHING.
Mallworld is the shopping mall the size of a planet, open 24/7/365, with hordes of spree-shoppers and tourists, aliens and freaks, stair-well kids, mall workers, etc.
The characters and settings are as dark as the Twilight Zone, esoteric as William Gibson, innovative as Philip K Dick and utterly intense.
I loved every story in the book and have read it several times, recommended it to many friends (I have to loan them my copy autographed by the author himself because it is SO hard to find!).
It's a shame this book is out of print and largely unknown because it truly is a gem that needs fresh publicity.