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Sea of Glass Paperback – June 24, 2001
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This book changed how I thought about science fiction. It says something, not only about the fictional world, but about our world. Instead of being about rough sketches of a characters to advance an idea, it's about a child growing up and finding out what his world is and what it means.
At the same time... man, is it bleak. I recommend this book to everyone, but some people just put it down midway because they don't like the ideas that that world has to live by. It's not a book for kids, but that's why I loved it, and think it's a book that everyone should read.
No person wants to be responsible for killing off half the population of the planet (well almost no one). So to solve both problems you create a `thinking' computer and set up parameters that once they are met it will begin a worldwide war. It will spend forty years getting used to the idea of this `war of overpopulation' and during that time create situations where some `small wars' are heading off and others created.
You start getting people ready by dictating laws to slow and then put into effect `negative population growth'. You punish the `unlicensed propagators' by death and turn the extra children into a resource of the government. These `Outcasts' are put in "Camps" that are self-reliant and create surpluses to feed the masses. They have no `rights' and can be punished with impunity. If and when the `negative' population growth becomes high enough, they can be integrated into society.
Every one is monitored by the computer (MAC III) and used to project how the acts of one, affects the rest of the population. (This is like Isaac Asimov's Future History in the Foundation cycle). MAC will determine what needs to be done and then effectuate it by manipulating the people around the focus of `an Action'.Read more ›
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