The Shockwave Rider

TitleThe Shockwave Rider
Year for Search1975
AuthorsBrunner, John [Kilian Houston](1934-95)
Date Published1975
PublisherHarper & Row
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

A complex dystopia that has an embedded eutopia opposed to the dystopia. The focus of the dystopia is on a program to identify geniuses, particularly among orphans and other children who can be taken without being noticed. They are then educated and trained (brainwashed and conditioned) to develop their particular bent so as to be most useful to the system. One man uses his talent with computer systems to escape, although much of the novel follows him as his memories are searched after he is captured. The eutopia, called Precipice, is a small town with advanced, ecologically sensitive architecture, a radically decentralized political system, and an egalitarian population. The man, who again escapes, uses his talents to save Precipice from attack by the government.

Info Notes

Published with unauthorized cuts.

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Author Note

(1934-95)

Full Text

1975 Brunner, John [Kilian Houston] (1934-95). The Shockwave Rider. New York: Harper & Row. Published with unauthorized cuts. PSt

A complex dystopia that has an embedded eutopia opposed to the dystopia. The focus of the dystopia is on a program to identify geniuses, particularly among orphans and other children who can be taken without being noticed. They are then educated and trained (brainwashed and conditioned) to develop their particular bent so as to be most useful to the system. One man uses his talent with computer systems to escape, although much of the novel follows him as his memories are searched after he is captured. The eutopia, called Precipice, is a small town with advanced, ecologically sensitive architecture, a radically decentralized political system, and an egalitarian population. The man, who again escapes, uses his talents to save Precipice from attack by the government.