Set 50 years into the future in New York, technocrats and administrators have alleviated the ills of economic deprivation. But in this "paradise" of harmonious life, there seems a sense of spiritual alienation. The residents at 334--a huge and anonymous apartment complex--give us a vivid, humorous and disturbing view of what the future holds.
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The stories in 334 revolve loosely around a government housing project at 334 East 11th Street in New York City in the 2020s. The project's inhabitants are universally poor, often jobless, sometimes squalid. Some are happy, others angry, depressed, or just numb. The stories study their hopes and disappointments, and all are deeply introspective.
The early 21st-century setting might, in the hands of another author, be only a guise, a shortcut to making a world that's more gritty, shabby, and used up than ours. But Disch's future is thoroughly imagined, and he's adept at dropping in details of his characters' lives that are commonplace to them but jarring to us. It might be something as simple as going to the kitchen to "mix up a glass of milk." Occasionally it's radical, as in the case of Millie, who wants to have a baby but also keep her career. The answer? The child is gestated in an artificial womb and Millie's husband gets mammary implants.
Though American, Disch is closely associated with the UK's New Wave movement, and these stories reflect the New Wave emphasis on character above ideas. He's also a well-known poet, and in 334 you'll find some of the most lyrical science fiction written. --Brooks PeckAbout the Author:
Thomas M. Disch is the author of many novels, including such classic works of science fiction as Camp Concentration and 334. He lives in Manhattan and in Sullivan County, New York.
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Book Description Gregg Press, 1976. Book Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP88495866
Book Description Gregg Press, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Gregg Press, 1976. Very good. , Hardcover, Bright ex-library copy. 269 pages. Green cloth. Tight binding. Library stamps on edges and endpapers; spine label. Text bright, clean, unmarked. New introduction by M. John Harrison. Science Fiction Series. Out-of-print and antiquarian booksellers since 1933. We pack and ship with care. Book. Bookseller Inventory # LINCBOOK031872
Book Description Gregg Press, Boston, 1976. Hard Cover. First Thus. First Printing, June 1976 stated, no additional printings; 8vo, green cloth, no dj as issued; vg- (spine ends and top front cover lightly bumped; two faint green marks on side edge; rubbing to title piece on spine; edges and endpapers toning; two tiny spots on rfep, one on rpastedown); 269pp. Bookseller Inventory # 16252
Book Description Gregg Press, Boston, 1976. Octavo, cloth. First U.S. hardcover edition, first printing. 362 copies printed. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Disch to a coeditor of "The Gregg Press Science Fiction" series on front free endpaper. Text offset from that of the 1974 Avon edition. New introduction by M. John Harrison. "Six interweaving tales set in twenty-first century New York, a scene of high unemployment and heartless 'welfareism.' The book deals convincingly (and unusually) with the marginalized members of a future society. The result is moving and at times harrowing: a masterpiece." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition, p. 372, "A brilliant work, utterly convincing in its portraits of people trying to get by in a world they are powerless to influence or control. The most eloquent display of the pessimism that became newly acceptable in New Wave SF." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-346. 1974 Nebula nominee. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 66. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 338. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2774-77. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. A wonderful association copy. (#152873). Bookseller Inventory # 152873