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under pressure

Postby distrans » 06 Feb 2019 20:24

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...

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Re: under pressure

Postby Omphalos » 07 Feb 2019 10:42

It's an early one. Pretty good IMHO.

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Re: under pressure

Postby distrans » 07 Feb 2019 12:08

'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...

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Re: under pressure

Postby distrans » 10 Feb 2019 10:53

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?

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Re: under pressure

Postby Leto Atreides II » 10 Feb 2019 12:47

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.
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Re: under pressure

Postby Freakzilla » 11 Feb 2019 08:10

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.
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Postby Omphalos » 11 Feb 2019 10:16

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.

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Postby georgiedenbro » 11 Feb 2019 12:07

I really enjoyed that book, actually. I would rate it higher than any in the Pandora series other than D:V.
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Re: under pressure

Postby distrans » 14 Feb 2019 09:48

perspective is a difficult thing

im not finding myself enamored in this story

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Re: under pressure

Postby distrans » 20 Feb 2019 11:09

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?

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Postby Freakzilla » 20 Feb 2019 11:34

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


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Re: under pressure

Postby Omphalos » 20 Feb 2019 14:16

Santaroga Barrier

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Re: under pressure

Postby distrans » 20 Feb 2019 16:02

and my favorite 'hellstroms hive'

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