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Old 04-20-2024, 06:02 PM   #8131
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The World Inside by Robert Silverberg is $3 at Amazon, B&N and Kobo US.

There are a number of these 'everyone lives in a gigantic building' novels in sci-fi land (The Caves of Steel, High Rise and Oath of Fealty spring to mind) and I have a fondness for them. I read The World Inside earlier this year and recommend it.

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Welcome to Urban Monad 116. Reaching nearly two miles into the sky, the one thousand stories of this building are home to over eight hundred thousand people living in peace and harmony. In the year 2381 with a world population of over seventy-five billion souls, the massive Urbmon system is humanity's salvation.

Life in Urbmon 116 is highly regulated, life is cherished, and the culture of procreation is seen as the highest pinnacle of god's plan. Conflict is abhorred, and any who disturb the peace face harsh punishment—even being sent "down the chute" to be recycled as fertilizer.

Jason Quevedo, a historian, searches records of the twentieth century hoping to find the root of his discontent with the perfection of Urbmon life.

Siegmund Kluver, a young and ambitious administrator, strives to reach the top levels of the Urbmon's government and discovers the civilization's dark truths.

Michael Statler, a computer engineer, harbors a forbidden desire. He dreams of leaving the building—of walking in the open air and visiting the far-off sea. This is a dream he must keep secret. If anyone were to find out, he'd face the worst punishment imaginable.

The World Inside is a fascinating exploration of society and what makes us human, told by a master of speculative fiction.

The World Inside is a 1971 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novella.
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Old 04-20-2024, 06:34 PM   #8132
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Humble Bundle has yet another bundle out. This one is DUNE. 17 eBooks from TOR.

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Pay at least $18 for the 17 book bundle. Expires in 20 days: 21 hours: 5 minutes (from now).


  1. Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert
  2. Dune: The Heir of Caladan
  3. Dune: The Lady of Caladan
  4. Dune: The Duke of Caladan
  5. The Road to Dune
  6. Princess of Dune
  7. Sands of Dune
  8. Navigators of Dune
  9. Mentats of Dune
  10. Sisterhood of Dune
  11. The Winds of Dune
  12. Paul of Dune
  13. Sandworms of Dune
  14. Hunters of Dune
  15. Dune: The Battle of Corrin
  16. Dune: The Machine Crusade
  17. Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
Oh goody, all the ones written by his hack of a son.

I shouldn't be rude, but I think it's telling that his son chose to write several books about the Butlerian Jihad, despite the fact that Frank Herbert spoke, at length, about *not* wanting to write about it...
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Old 04-21-2024, 05:58 AM   #8133
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Oh goody, all the ones written by his hack of a son.

I shouldn't be rude, but I think it's telling that his son chose to write several books about the Butlerian Jihad, despite the fact that Frank Herbert spoke, at length, about *not* wanting to write about it...
I've read the first book in chronological order and it was not bad. Have you read any of Brian's books?
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I've read the first book in chronological order and it was not bad. Have you read any of Brian's books?
I'm wondering if I should get or avoid this Humble Bundle myself... I know many (most?) Frank Herbert fans loathe the Brian Herbert books. But some do seem to like them. (Maybe they see them as an extended universe rather than legit Dune books? Maybe they're just happy to read more books set in that universe?)

Are the Brian Herbert books the We! Do! Not! Talk! About! The Orangutan! of Dune fandom?
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I'm wondering if I should get or avoid this Humble Bundle myself... I know many (most?) Frank Herbert fans loathe the Brian Herbert books. But some do seem to like them. (Maybe they see them as an extended universe rather than legit Dune books? Maybe they're just happy to read more books set in that universe?)

Are the Brian Herbert books the We! Do! Not! Talk! About! The Orangutan! of Dune fandom?
The orangutan is the librarian of the Unseen University. So yes, we do talk about him.
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Old 04-21-2024, 05:01 PM   #8136
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Old 04-21-2024, 06:33 PM   #8137
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The orangutan is the librarian of the Unseen University. So yes, we do talk about him.
Not in this case, it's an orangutan from one of Edgar Allen Poe's stories. Whether it's really meant to be just an orangutan, or if it's a racist caricature of a black man is a divisive topic in Poe academia. Apparently the arguments can get quite heated.
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Not in this case, it's an orangutan from one of Edgar Allen Poe's stories. Whether it's really meant to be just an orangutan, or if it's a racist caricature of a black man is a divisive topic in Poe academia. Apparently the arguments can get quite heated.
The librarian is the only orangutan we should be talking out.
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There is also Clyde.
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(Maybe they see them as an extended universe rather than legit Dune books? Maybe they're just happy to read more books set in that universe?)
Yes and yes, for me.
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There's a new free short story by Subterrenean Press:
Immortal, Invisible by Tade Thompson
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He isn’t sure.

What he does know is one moment he’s driving to work; the next, he’s in a pocket universe negotiating temperamental weather, robot guardians, and fireside chats with an improbable assassin. He isn’t hurt, and, barring liberty, all his needs are met. Is it the afterlife? Is he in a coma somewhere dreaming this?

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Womb City by Tlotlo Tsamaase is $4 on Amazon.com
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Nelah seems to have it all: fame, wealth, and a long-awaited daughter growing in a government lab. But, trapped in a loveless marriage to a policeman who uses a microchip to monitor her every move, Nelah’s perfect life is precarious. After a drug-fueled evening culminates in an eerie car accident, Nelah commits a desperate crime and buries the body, daring to hope that she can keep one last secret.

The truth claws its way into Nelah’s life from the grave.

As the ghost of her victim viciously hunts down the people Nelah holds dear, she is thrust into a race against the clock: in order to save any of her remaining loved ones, Nelah must unravel the political conspiracy her victim was on the verge of exposing—or risk losing everyone.

Set in a cruel futuristic surveillance state where bodies are a government-issued resource, this harrowing story is a twisty, nail-biting commentary on power, monstrosity, and bodily autonomy. In sickeningly evocative prose, Womb City interrogates how patriarchy pits women against each other as unwitting collaborators in their own oppression. In this devastatingly timely debut novel, acclaimed short fiction writer Tlotlo Tsamaase brings a searing intelligence and Botswana’s cultural sensibility to the question: just how far must a woman go to bring the whole system crashing down?
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