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The Tomorrow File Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1985

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (August 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425081796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425081792
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
a mostly unknown gem from 1973 by the author who became known for THE FIRST DEADLY SIN and THE MCNALLY CAPERS . when i read this novel back in 75 ( the first paperback edition) i did not want to see the year 2000! SANDERS' look at the immediate future is horrifying. predicting the future is always risky business but SANDERS fills his futuristic tale with the most incredible plot twists and memorable caracters. welcome to a world where many people are born in a test tube with genetic ratings ( those who were born naturally are known as OBSOS for obsolete) the dept. of health and welfare is now known as the dept. of public happiness or the dept. of bliss. almost all drugs are legal. people drink vodka and smack and smoke marijuana as readily as we drink vodka and tonic. pot is legal and sold by the government . one brand is called BOLD. when you have sex with someone that person is known as a 'user". if you enjoyed the sex then it was "profitable".( martha and i used each other last night , it was quite a profit". money is called LOVE. ( sorry nick but theres no love in this project lets move on to something else) . food and drink as we know it is almost all genetically engineered from petro or oil.people eat "petroveal" and "propeas" and drink wine that tastes like fuel. occassionally you can find a real bottle of wine made from REAL grapes that will cost a fortune.( what do you want to eat tonight nick, fake italian or fake french?) an artificially inseminated male with a grade a genetic rating is catogorized as a AINMA-A. the government controlls all genetic ratings and if you dont have an A rating you cant have children. the united states is a huge corporation heading towards leading a corporate world. known now as simply THE US ( the u.s. of america was dropped ) any nation can join the US.Read more ›
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Forget 1984! Forget Brave New World! THIS is the book that has most correctly predicted the future. Why this book isn't taught in high school literary classes is a puzzle to me. Lawrence Sanders is at the top of his game in his novel about a society that is ruled by science. I first read this book as a teen in 1977. Now, at 51, I am rereading it for the third time and it is still as entertaining as the first read.
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If you enjoyed 1984 you will also enjoy this book. Lawrence Sanders was before his time in predicting the future. You can see the ideas he presents coming into being at this time and it is not a good feeling.
It has been said that truth is stranger then fiction.
This fiction is becoming truth.
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I have not read this book myself :) It was purchased as a "thank you" gift for a workmate who had lost BOTH of their beloved copies ages ago. Needless to say, they were beyond happy with their gift.
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I read this book many years ago and found myself thinking of things in the book frequently.
I ordered this book to re-read (a first for me). Then ordered it for my adult son.
I now say to my family....put it in the TOMORROW FILE.
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This book was found at a yard sale. I'd heard of Lawrence Sanders. He's the author of the First Deadly Sin and the rest of that series as well as the Anderson Files and other excellent thrillers I've personally enjoyed. I had not heard of him as a writer of Science Fiction. This book is an outstanding example of the genre.

Copyrighted in 1975, and published by G.F. Putnam's Sons, the world created by Mr. Sanders is an alternate reality more frightful than the one that actually happened. He has brilliantly created new language, Em's and Ef's for men and women, using for sex, serving instead of working, rulers instead of bosses, and he charged into creating a future any of us would fear. To be honest, I'm surprised that much of the slang he created for the story didn't make it into the mainstream.

More frightening is the picture of overwhelming government control, of sidelining "obsolete" people. Then there's the constant drive for profit. That word has a twisted definition but when viewed through the lens of time, perhaps not so twisted after all.

If you're interested in considering how science might control the future, this is the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It has given me a new perspective on how easy it would be to turn society upside down.

I have found this book on Amazon so if your library doesn't carry it, you can get it there. Happy reading!
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This novel, written in 1975, tells of a future set in 1998 that is a far cry from the reality of what 1998 was actually like. Sanders imagines that the biological revolution has resulted in genetic classifications based on whether one is 'natural,' produced by artificial insemination, artificial inovulation, cloned, or otherwise created without the necessity for sexual intercourse by one's parents. The 'objects' (people) of tomorrow eat food synthesized from petroleum and soybeans, enjoy unrestricted (either morally or legally) 'using' (sex) and an addictive soft drink called Smack. There is a pharmacological solution for everything, almost all with no side effects. The narrator begins the book as the Assistant Deputy Director of Research and Development for the Department of Bliss (a division of the US Government). He is involved in shaping the society of the future, which is entirely unfamiliar to the reader, as well as political intrigue , which sounds exactly like something that would happen today.
The novel is divided into three 'books,' which I think, had they been sold separately and marketed as a trilogy, could have made both the author and the publisher quite a bit more 'love' (money). Each book has a distinct plot and climactic resolution, although the final resolution lacked in that not all of the loose ends were either tied up or revealed to the reader.
It was a little difficult to get used to the jargon involved, especially as men and women are referred to as 'ems' and 'efs' respectively. I had to go back and read the first chapter again once I realized that.
My only other complaint is that the summary on the back of the book has little to nothing to do with the actual contents of the book. DO NOT judge this book by it's back cover.
Overall, an interesting work about futuristic society and the consequences thereof. I think the author is striving for 'cautionary tale,' but I don't think I'd mind living in that kind of world.
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