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A Taut Story of Terrifying Credibility

The Bitter Pill is a novel of the near future as seen from 1974, extrapolating contemporary political and sociological trends to develop with frightening plausibility to growing importance of youth as a political power.

To Paul Clayton, obscure shipping clerk, his forty-fifth birthday was not an occasion for celebration. It meant the achievement of status of Senior Citizen, and with it several dubious ...

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The Bitter Pill

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Overview

A Taut Story of Terrifying Credibility

The Bitter Pill is a novel of the near future as seen from 1974, extrapolating contemporary political and sociological trends to develop with frightening plausibility to growing importance of youth as a political power.

To Paul Clayton, obscure shipping clerk, his forty-fifth birthday was not an occasion for celebration. It meant the achievement of status of Senior Citizen, and with it several dubious privileges-not leas to of which was voluntary euthanasia, facilitated by the government issue suicide pill. Those who changed their minds, once they had broken the capsule containing the lethal pill, faced the prospect of forced labor camps in the Australian desert of the penal colony on Mars, where convicts toiled to make more space fit for Earth's over-spilling populations.

Under the supervision of the corrupt and brutal Mars Corps, Clayton crosses paths again with others he once knew on distant Earth. They find themselves caught up on a maelstrom of terror and political intrigue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440553158
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Prologue Science Fiction
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 880,877
  • File size: 313 KB

Meet the Author

A. Bertram Chandler was a British-Australian science fiction writer with more than forty novels and 200 works of short fiction published. He was known internationally for turning his personal experiences as a maritime marine officer into realistic characterization of a spaceship’s crew. He won three Ditmar Awards for achievement in Australian science fiction, as well as Japan’s prestigious Seiun Award.

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