GROWING UP IN TIER 3000. New York: Ace Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Ace Books 30420. "Grotesque -- children kill parents as part of the rites of passage. Constraint on energy resources necessitates a limit on population." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 367. "Gotschalk's only novel ... is [set] in an energy-quarantined, savagely competitive, complexly automated dystopian future society, young children -- in a reductio ad absurdum of the hypothesis, first promulgated by Benjamin Whorf (1897-1941), that language structure shapes our conceptualization of the world -- show their readiness to take over from their elders because they understand the languages that in effect embody hyperkinetic new realities. At least two further novels were written and await publication; but the aggressive ingenuity of his style, and the oddly high-strung gallantry of his attitude to the futures in store for the human race -- that they are to be endured with grace, but never "won" -- seem to have assured that his work was unlikely to reach a wide market." - SFE (online). "Bright children rebel against their parents in a densely populated high-tech future community. It's written in a an over-excitable, jargon-laden, neologic style which at times flares into eloquence. A first ... novel by a writer who is known for his very peculiar short stories." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 164. Part of the well-regarded Ace Specials series. Surface varnish dulled, a good copy. (#156785).
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