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Planet Called Utopia (1979)

by J. T. McIntosh

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At its best, science fiction explores themes and theories that wouldn't otherwise be able to be explored. J T McIntosh is not the most well known science fiction writer, but he's one of the best. In this excellent novel, McIntosh explores the possibilities of immortality. The thesis is what would happen if there was one planet where the secret to immortality was discovered. What would that society be like? One of the immediately obvious problems to immortality is overpopulation. Utopia solves that by making the population artificially infertile, vastly limiting births, and making marriage just about illegal. Of course, in this world, with everlasting life, no marriage, and no children, sex is easy and plentiful.

The story involves the first visitor in 300 years to Utopia, Hardy Cronyn, and his introduction to this strange new world that boasted such positives but also so many new and strange customs. It also involves him in quite newsworthy events that he sort of stumbled into.

It is a well-crafted story, easy to read, and quite captivating. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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The first visitor to paradise in three centuries! For 300 years, Utopia has been separated from the rest of the galaxy. Now, after intricate negotiations, a single visitor from the Other Worlds is permitted to travel to this strange planet. What Hardy Cronyn finds is stranger than he could have imagined: no marriage, few children, and a population that was effectively immortal. No death, no crime . . . a true paradise. But then Cronyn discovers the paralyzing fear shared by all Utopia's inhabitants: If life is eternal, pain will last a long, long time.… (more)

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