The World Inside by Robert Silverberg

a review by TC, in the genre(s) Science Fiction. Book published by Doubleday in June 1971

The World Inside is a science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg.

Silverberg's "THE WORLD INSIDE" is about the giant apartment communistic/yet caste ridden complex (the floors are divided up according to job 'importance), and thought this is the straight bullet shot to the future.

Population goes flippo so the powers that be make a huge ass 1000 floor apt. complex where everyone is supposed to just keep on poppin pills and out-slotting babies while holding down comfy jobs. Sex is free with anyone, the apts. are always unlocked for the 'nightwalking' sexplorer. The jargon in this book is really infectuous and carries the story for a quick read. A rambunctuous psychedelic "Brave New World" in that it holds up if you turn the structure upside down and kick it, nothing shakes free. The monuments of the world are ground up after being well documented for home viewing so no one needs to go outside. If you flip out you get shoved into the chute/furnace.

All the characters have some kind of beef with the system of the apts. and one guy in particular goes AWOL checking out the communes on the outside who have gone back to a ritualistic primitive harvest society. There's a rock star guy who plays 3D planet vibrations for the grubbo blue collars, a horny 14 year old who is trying to impress everyone, sleeping with anything he can, helping to advance his ladder climbing in the beaurocracy of the apts. I can't say enough stuff about this book, it's a real treat to discover something like this, I could see why Silverberg gave up SF in the 70's when stuff like this gets pushed under the rug, never heard of this gold inspired silver mountain spire before.

I highly recommend this perpy.

Written on Friday 23rd April 2004 by .

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The World Inside, a novel by Robert Silverberg

Book Details

  • The World Inside
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • ISBN:
  • Published:
  • Pages: 184
  • Format reviewed: Hardback
  • Review date: April, 2004
  • Language: English
  • Age Range: N/A