Hell’s Pavement (Analogue Man)-Damon Knight (1955)

1990:To curb violence everyone has an implanted analogue that controls them before they can do harm. When violent thoughts and urges occur the analogue kicks in.

Now it’s 2134. People must spend money on things they don’t need at The Store. They’re publically shamed if they don’t max out their credits. The merchandise is guaranteed to fall apart quickly. There are a few who are immune to the mind control.

The novel follows Arthur Bass as he journeys through an unstable America. There’s one scene that takes place in a shooting gallery that could be the forerunner of paint ball.

Arthur ends up on the west coast in the College of Sacred Sciences of Three Mercantile University. Roommates disappear and Arthur ends up in a social club where a typical greeting is “Revolted to see you.”

Eventually he ends up in the Blank where thoughts manifest. It’s an interesting read and a nice satire on mind control and consumerism. It’s based on the 1951 short story “The Analogues” and the 1953 story “Turncoat.” 

Damon Knight

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4 Responses to Hell’s Pavement (Analogue Man)-Damon Knight (1955)

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    That cover is top notch! Looks like great fun — I’ve not read anything by Damon Knight (although, I know him by his critique of van Vogt).

  2. Joachim Boaz says:

    WIll do. Is he a better short story writer than novelist? Or, did he write primarily during the days of short stories and took a while to get the novelist part down ;) Like so many 50s sci-fi writers….

  3. vintage45 says:

    He wrote a number of novels but didn’t publish any between 1965 and 1984. He wanted to concentrate on editing and criticism. He does have a lot of short stories out. There are numerous collections published. The two mentioned earlier are the best.

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