a dystopian, or at the very least post-apocalyptic novel
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i was reading an oprah (or at least i think it was!) magazine the other day though i'm not sure if it was recent or not... but it spoke of a book in a post-apocalyptic society where there were 'sexual favors' (i think? maybe i misread. my memory fails me!) for pharmaceuticals and the book seems to focus on 2 women who are very different. i wrote down the novel and the author's name but seem to have discarded the slip of paper and now am kicking myself in the ass for it!
any help will be appreciated!
wayani, this doesn't bring anything to mind but you could try cross-posting to the "Name that Book" group. Please let us know what you find out though.
just happened to be on my clipboard.
Have just received my copy of the Library of America Fall 2012 catalog, and what did my wondering eyes espy but a new title being added: 'AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION; Nine Classic Novels of the 1950's' (978-1-59853-158-9 and 978-1-59853-159-6) in two volumes, 1953-1956 and 1956-1958. This work includes 'THE LONG TOMORROW' by Leigh Brackett, asking the question "Who will control post-apocalyptic America." Other authors include Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth, Theodore Sturgeon, Richard Matheson, Robert A. Heinlein, Alfred Bester, James Blish, Algis Budrys and Fritz Leiber.
One of the more interesting items in the catalog mentions the Guardians of American Literature Fund which allows anyone to endow a work to remain in print in perpetuity by donating $50,000 each, which I suspect go into an investment trust in which the profits are used to cover the costs of production, thus isolating the work from the vagaries of popularity and publishing risk. It is interesting to note which titles are endowed and which are not.
Jim, that's fascinating info about the Guardians of American Literature Fund. And, of course, "in perpetuity" will be a relative term, depending on when Life As We Know It and the literary freedoms thereof come to an end.
Also, I think that Kurt Vonnegut now has a volume in the Library of America. It was reviewed in The Nation awhile back: http://www.thenation.com/article/167921/i-was-there-kurt-vonnegut
Nice look-back for those of us of a "certain age" ...
By 'in perpetuity' I mean so long as the legal system of these United States remains in effect, surmising that in the event of the failure of The Library of America, that the catalog will be auctioned to whomever makes the highest bid and thus remain in print until the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse arrive. And I have come to believe that there more and different Horsemen than we have suspected. There seems to be no small amount of pessimism abroad nowadays, as in the popularity lately of apocalyptic and and post-apocalyptic fiction, not to mention all the reporting on environmental degradation, including climate change, sea level rise, loss of forest cover, the explosion of world population, etc. Already in India, a surprising percentage of the population is spending over eighty per-cent of their income solely for food.
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