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under pressure

Posted: 06 Feb 2019 20:24
by distrans
1956, first printing 74

originally 'dragon of the sea'

showed up at the used so I got it,
love the cover art but im a sucker for the styling of the time

john berkey

ive never heard of this one so it remains an entire mystery aside from the jacket which mentions BuPsych which seem funny givens its set on earth so i look forward to the story...

Re: under pressure

Posted: 07 Feb 2019 10:42
by Omphalos
It's an early one. Pretty good IMHO.

Re: under pressure

Posted: 07 Feb 2019 12:08
by distrans
'above the clatter of office sounds, he could hear the tooth-tingling hum of a detection scrambler'

and theyd have us believe the present was never anticipated...

Re: under pressure

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 10:53
by distrans
the writing is different
seems it took along time to get his early work published in one printing
typical of the era hes probably one of the guys who made it to novels faster than most?

Re: under pressure

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 12:47
by Leto Atreides II
I recently picked up "Eye", a collection of short stories by Frank Herbert. "Dragon in the Sea" is included. I'm guessing "Under Pressure" is longer? "Dragon in the Sea" ends abruptly, seems like a beginning without an end.

Re: under pressure

Posted: 11 Feb 2019 08:10
by Freakzilla
Distrans is right on this, I think. I believe it was serialized first then published as a novel, there probably was some additional editing at that point too.

Re: under pressure

Posted: 11 Feb 2019 10:16
by Omphalos
Yep, that's right. I think later printings of Eye may have had the whole work though.

Herbert's written style in Under Pressure was an affectation. He was trying to add to the tension by being a bit frenetic. Pretty sure that Harlan Ellison wrote a review of Under Pressure that spent some time on this issue.

Re: under pressure

Posted: 11 Feb 2019 12:07
by georgiedenbro
I really enjoyed that book, actually. I would rate it higher than any in the Pandora series other than D:V.

Re: under pressure

Posted: 14 Feb 2019 09:48
by distrans
perspective is a difficult thing

im not finding myself enamored in this story

Re: under pressure

Posted: 20 Feb 2019 11:09
by distrans
ive just the last couple pages to go
the debriefing it seems

this was good
an interesting extrapolation of the angst of the day
submarine warfare was still quite primative

what other of his works are set such nearly comtempary present earth time?

Re: under pressure

Posted: 20 Feb 2019 11:34
by Freakzilla
distrans wrote:what other of his works are set such nearly comtempary present earth time?


The White Plague

Re: under pressure

Posted: 20 Feb 2019 14:16
by Omphalos
Santaroga Barrier

Re: under pressure

Posted: 20 Feb 2019 16:02
by distrans
and my favorite 'hellstroms hive'

im working my way through the list in the other forum id only skimmed before...