THE JOY MAKERS. New York: Bantam Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Bantam Books A2219. Portrays a hedonistic yet hellish future that guarantees pleasure -- at a cost. THE JOY MAKERS "describes, in Gunn's dark, ponderous, cumulatively impressive manner, a society whose members are controlled by synthetic forms of release that corrode their sense of reality." - John Clute, SFE (online). In Earth's future, the "Hedonic" principle rules -- the greatest pleasure of the greatest number. But society grows stagnant , and it becomes apparent that pleasure is not after all the chief goal of humankind. Capably written SF in the American 1950s mode of social criticism (not as sharp as Pohl and Kornbluth though)." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 197. Part three of this fix-up novel is "Name Your Pleasure" (aka "The Joy Ride"), which concerns a mechanized city on Venus run by an AI whose mission is to make the human colonists safe and happy. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-185. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 279. Reginald 06481. Cover edges lightly rubbed, a very good, unread copy. (#144014).
"A Bantam Book / published March 1961" on copyright page.