1985 by Anthony Burgess

By Anthony Burgess

Creative, chilling and darkly comedian, 1985 combines a devastating critique of Orwell's 1984 with a terrifying imaginative and prescient of the long run. As memorable as A Clockwork Orange, it's as strong and unsettling as something Burgess has written. First released in 1978, its techniques and concepts nonetheless carry especially true this day.

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S. ; XpressPostTM is a trademark of Canada Post in Canada; Flying Pen Press Science FictionTM and the flying pen nub are trademarks of Flying Pen Press LLC. All corporation names are trademarks of their respective owners. Manufactured in the United States of America and in the United Kingdom. Printing by Lightning Source Inc. and Lightning Source UK Limited. Foreword to the Electronic Edition This is a book. After six thousand years of setting characters into stone, pottery, wax, animal hide, and hundreds of different forms of what we舗d now call paper; after the rise of whole civilizations based around the idea of the written word preserved on paper; after the rise of libraries, bookstores, and great publishing empires; it comes to this: the physical media no longer matters.

C9mon, guys. Don9t give me the silent treatment. I got rights and stuff, you know.? Please sit down, Ms. Blake.? She turns toward the seats, then abruptly pulls away, jerking the chain that cuffs her wrist to the agent9s. No. Fuck you,? she says quietly, but firmly. You either tell me what9s going on, or I walk. You can9t just?? All passengers, please take your seats. The train will be departing in a few minutes. This is the Pacific Surfliner, bound for San Diego. If San Diego is not your destination, please disembark now.?

I have the time, yet. When her mind soars again, when the lights come on and the theater of dreams is open for business again, she9s in a chair in a small room with a table, a glass of water, a chair, and a row of track light spots in the ceiling, one of which is aimed right at her chair. It makes her blink. The room is otherwise featureless except the door. No windows, no cameras that she can see, but she9s sure they9re there somewhere. She9s right. She sits there and licks her lips, eyes the glass of water.

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