Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner

Stop you’re killing me!
David ”The Postman” Brin says in the intro that John Brunner scared the crap out of people in the 60’s , well he scares the crap out of me today. The label “Science Fiction” could be safely removed from this book as it is sadly becoming a realistic portrait of our very own moment in history. A primal scream treatment for anyone who survived the dread and anxiety of the Bush years (written 30 years before it occurred) and a dreadful prophecy of the environmental grave we are digging for ourselves. This is supposed to be a pitch black satire, a warning, which makes it even more poignant. This book seems to infect reality as you read it, I read about uncontrolled avalanches hitting ski resorts than hear about it on the radio the next day, food born illness hitting country wide and then peanuts! Leaner and darker than Brunner’s other magnum opus Stand on Zanzibar this nightmare needs to be read to be believed. Trust me; we are already living in its pages.

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