Science Fiction Novel
by Spider Robinson
, published in 1982
. * * * *
, a thirtyish university
professor, is still picking up the pieces of his life six years after his wife left him, when his sister Maddy suddenly appears after being missing for ten years -- then suddeny vanishes again.
Norman enlists his ex-wife Phyllis
to use her contacts in the Canadian Media
to help him find his sister.
What this all stirs up, you'll have to find out by reading the book
presents, besides a riveting story, the social implications of wireheading
-- applying electricity
to the pleasure center of the brain
Part of this novel appeared in Omni
Magazine in 1979
, titled "God is an Iron
". The published novel calls it an excerpt
, but embedded in the novel, it reads more like a novella
that the full novel was based on. "God is an Iron" was one of the stories that led me to stop worrying, and love Science Fiction
. A life-changer
, it earns * * * * *
in its own right.