This Perfect Day
by Ira Levin

A Prometheus Award winning novel that describes a future world run by a computer that keeps track of everyone’s activities, assigns their careers, determines whether they are permitted to have children, administers drugs to them to keep them docile, and poisons them to death when they reach 62 years of age. Under this totalitarian regime everyone is one big family, and progress is being made to have everyone look similar. Everyone is altruistic. There is no crime. Everyone gets sex once a week on Saturday night. Marx and Jesus are their idols.

The hero manages to get off the drugs and escape to an island where the people are not controlled by the computer. He plots to return to the mainland and blow up the central computer to free everybody. This is a good, anti-totalitarian story rather than a description of libertarianism.

Year Read: 2001

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