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Inverted World
Inverted World | Christopher Priest
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The city is winched along tracks through a devastated land full of hostile tribes. Rails must be freshly laid ahead of the city and carefully removed in its wake. Rivers and mountains present nearly insurmountable challenges to the ingenuity of the citys engineers. But if the city does not move, it will fall farther and farther behind the optimum into the crushing gravitational field that has transformed life on Earth. The only alternative to progress is death. The secret directorate that governs the city makes sure that its inhabitants know nothing of this. Raised in common in crches, nurtured on synthetic food, prevented above all from venturing outside the closed circuit of the city, they are carefully sheltered from the dire necessities that have come to define human existence. And yet the city is in crisis. The people are growing restive, the population is dwindling, and the rulers know that, for all their efforts, slowly but surely the city is slipping ever farther behind the optimum. Helward Mann is a member of the citys elite. Better than anyone, he knows how tenuous is the citys continued existence. But the worldhe is about to discoveris infinitely stranger than the strange world he believes he knows so well.
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nosferatu
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A bonkers idea executed almost masterfully - if it wasn‘t for the final revelation, which was a bit of a let-down considering all the crazy stuff that happened before.

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Creadnorthey
Inverted World | Christopher Priest
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Not entirely satisfying, but an excellent read overall. The writing quality is, as promised, on the level of Ballard in its complexity and style. The inversion due to perception does have a bit of a post 60's vibe to it ("it's all in your mind man!"), and there is a feeling of tune in, turn on and drop out coming from it. Yet the "world is rebuilding itself" message comes across as positive, hopeful and realistic.

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Misanthropester
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impressively imaginative hard #scifi. the direction the plot takes is stirring & genuinely surprising. the only flaw is the unnecessary sexual chauvinism

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Misanthropester
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A familiar but odd masculinity #scifi

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Misanthropester
Inverted World | Christopher Priest
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I'm finding this #scifi book fascinating & troubling as it has a very disturbing morality, a kind of ethics of inhumanity

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dystopianaut
Inverted World | Christopher Priest
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☀️+📔+🍺+ 🐶 = perfect day. 💕 #dogsoflitsy

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Misanthropester
Inverted World | Christopher Priest
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Some new to me new #scifi lent to me by a friend

Jabberwocky This looks really good! 3y
Misanthropester The friend who lent it is a hard sci-fi fan so I'm pretty sure it's gonna be solid 3y
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Oryx
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#thistitleequalsgreatbandname #marchintoreading @RealLifeReading This was harder than I thought to find one (esp one that wasn't already taken, I'm looking at you Genesis [Bernard Beckett] and The Kills [Richard House]).

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scaifea
Inverted World | Christopher Priest
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The story of one inhabitant, Helward Mann, of a city on wheels named Earth, after the planet they left years ago. Mann discovers, during his apprenticeship into the city's guild system, why the city must constantly move and the reasons for the guild system itself. I LOVED it. Twists I really didn't see coming, despite my wonder at what all the weird hints were actually hinting at. Steampunkish before steampunk was cool, and this was is very cool.