Make Us Happy

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Arthur Herzog III, 2003 - Fiction - 260 pages
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A thousand years in the future, society is run by computers, with not a gesture or activity unnoticed by their all-seeing detectors. Spacescrapers-three miles high, 1,000 stories, 1,000 people per floor-house 1,000,000 people. The divorce rate having climbed to 100 percent, the computers have made marriage almost illegal but adultery compulsory, with a resultant zero divorce rate.

In this setting, Bil and Alce meet, marry, and, their sense of history whetted by a few old books and photos, decide to rebel. They set out to find the central computer bank and pull the plug. Captured and imprisoned on a Floating Island (where the computers put criminals to get their just desserts), Bil and Alce escape. Their odyssey is gripping suspense and wonderful entertainment, with an ingenious depiction of man vs. machine.

 

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Arthur Herzog III was born in Manhattan on April 6, 1927. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Stanford University in 1949 and a master's degree in English literature at Columbia University in 1951. He soon became a freelance magazine writer. During his lifetime, he wrote 16 novels including IQ 83 and Orca, two short story collections, and nine nonfiction books including Vesco, The Church Trap, 17 Days: The Katie Beers Story, and The War-Peace Establishment. His novel, The Swarm was published in 1974 and was adapted into a movie starring Michael Caine in 1978. He also wrote for numerous magazines including Esquire, Harper's, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. He died due to complications of a stroke on May 26, 2010 at the age of 83.

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