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Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

Make Room! Make Room! (1966)

by Harry Harrison

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This is another novel set in the future (1999, written in 1966), looking at the effects of over-population. The New York of 1999 has a population of 35 million, one tenth of the population of the United States, in a world where the population is 7 billion (what is actually became a little later in 2011). Most of the population of New York (the only part of the world we see in the novel) lives a hand to mouth existence, the economy has collapsed through almost complete depletion of resources, and even water is rationed for most of the year. This is the backdrop to a well written novel in which the details of the everyday life of police officer Andy Rusch and those with whom he associates in his work and private lives form the focus of the narrative. The plot based around the hunt for a murder suspect (who is known to the reader, but not to Andy and his colleagues) seems fairly incidental, and the collective condition of the city's inhabitants is really the central character as such. The book was the rough basis for the cult film Soylent Green, made in 1973 starring Charlton Heston. The food substitute soylent appears in the novel, though without the dramatic impact seen at the end of the film. A good read and a worthwhile addition to the dystopian/speculative fiction genre. ( )
  john257hopper | Jan 12, 2018 |
Such an interesting book! This is the book that the movie "Soylent Green" was based on.
It was written in 1966 and set in the future "1999"! Well, we're pretty far past that so it was kind of cool to think what the author, in 1966, thought the future was going to be like.
Well, in this future there was no birth control. For religious reasons, birth control was not allowed so population growth went crazy. Therefore, the 344 million people living in the United States did not have enough food, water, clothing, medicine, or places to live. And, for some weird reason, they were still trying to vote down a bill that would allow some kind of birth control. It was really awful to see how people lived, or tried.
There was a story thread about a cop, one of the main characters, who was trying to solve a murder case, and that kept the story moving.
I just thought it was interesting to see the "future" through eyes of the past. ( )
  TerriS | Sep 12, 2017 |
Harry Harrison was a favorite author of mine growing up, and this book was a very unique take on dystopian future drama for its time. We all know Soylent Green was based on this story, but I personally prefer the book. Personal preference, I suppose. In any case, I've always enjoyed Harry's style, and this book is no exception. ( )
  Scott_Baron | Jun 13, 2017 |
Good story despite being too preachy. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 6, 2017 |
Not a bad book. Well written...but about as dry as a box of stale crackers. The story was interesting....moral to the story.... LIFE SUCKS deal with it and move on. ( )
  Joe73 | Apr 23, 2017 |
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Harry Harrisonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ehrlich, Paul R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peroni, PauletteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Solie, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To TODD and MOIRA For your sakes, children, I hope this proves to be a work of fiction.
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Prologue: In December 1959 The President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, said: 'This government ... will not ... as long as I am here, have a positive political doctrine in its program that has to do with this problem of birth control.
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- stolen from the trusting Indians by the wily Dutch, taken from the law abiding Dutch by the warlike British, then wrested in turn from the peaceful British by the revolutionary colonials.
So mankind gobbled in a century all the world's resources that had taken millions of years to store up, and no one on the top gave a damn or listened to all the voices that were trying to warn them, they just let us overproduce and overconsume until now the oil is gone, the topsoil depleted and washed away, the trees chopped down, the animals extinct, the earth poisoned, and all we have to show for this is seven billion people fighting over the scraps that are left, living a miserable existence--and still breeding without control.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765318857, Paperback)

The world is crowded. Far too crowded. Its starving billions live on lentils, soya beans, and —if they’re lucky—the odd starving rat.

In a New York City groaning under the burden of 35 million inhabitants, detective Andy Rusch is engaged in a desperate and lonely hunt for a killer everyone has forgotten. For even in a world such as this, a policeman can find himself utterly alone….

Acclaimed on its original publication in 1966, Make Room! Make Room! was adapted into the movie Soylent Green in 1973, starring Charlton Heston along with Edward G. Robinson in his last role.

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" ... adapted into the movie Soylent Green in 1973 ..." "In a future New York City groaning under the burden of 35 million inhabitants, detective Andy Rusch is engaged in a desperate and lonely hunt for a killer everyone has forgotten. For even in a world such as this, a policeman can find himself utterly alone ..."--Back cover.… (more)

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