Missing Man

Missing Man MacLean was awarded the Nebula Award for a short story with the same name first published in Analog Science Fiction March This novel is an expanded version of that short story From the DJ end f

  • Title: Missing Man
  • Author: Katherine Anne MacLean
  • ISBN: 9781587151293
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • MacLean was awarded the Nebula Award for a short story with the same name, first published in Analog Science Fiction, March 1971 This novel is an expanded version of that short story From the DJ end flaps George Sanford has a gift for guessing right and very little else going for him When Ahmed and his other friends in his gang grew up, they all advanced in school andMacLean was awarded the Nebula Award for a short story with the same name, first published in Analog Science Fiction, March 1971 This novel is an expanded version of that short story From the DJ end flaps George Sanford has a gift for guessing right and very little else going for him When Ahmed and his other friends in his gang grew up, they all advanced in school and got jobs, but George couldn t score well on tests, and there aren t any jobs for guys like him in The City George never even wanted to sign his name, let alone fill in applications and reports When he bumps into his old gang leader, Ahmed, now a member of The City s Rescue Squad, George is swept up in the excitement of a hunt for a trapped girl It is George who finds her with his special talent George rapidly becomes the unconventional pride of the Rescue Squad With Ahmed to run interference for him with the bureaucracy, George becomes a consultant, and his talents grow And George begins to change.With each success he discovers about himself and about the society he lives in, and he begins to doubt When a missing computerman s knowledge is put to use by an irresponsible gang of revolutionaries, threatening to destroy The City George rescues the computerman and meets Larry, warped boy genius and leader of the gang But Larry asks questions George can t answer, and after Larry escapes, George knows he has to find him to continue the discussion Only George is captured by Larry and forced to become a tool of Larry s mad iconoclasm In Larry s control, George s talents pose the greatest threat of all to The City George himself has become the missing man The City NYC

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    1. Wow, what a great classic sci-fi story! Elements of hard science engineering mingle with the soft sciences in this psi-detective story replete with character nuance and moral uncertainty. MacLean's Heinleinisms contribute to Missing Man's traditional flavor and intriguing concepts, balancing straightforwardness with controversial ideas, sometimes in ways that will bother a modern reader. But with a million sci-fi concepts in one novel, each page could inspire its own novel, feeling more like an [...]

    2. Katherine Maclean is a short story writer and considered by the SF powers from it's golden age to be a grand dame of SF. This novel is expanded from a 1971 short story from Analog. The "novella" won a Nebula award.The novel is more of a collection of short stories which are related by character, time and location. It occurs in a dystopian, balkanized NYC, sometime in the near future. George Sanford is a low class empath who grows into much more by going through a series of life events while acti [...]

    3. One of the most overlooked and undersung SF novels ever. Nebulla Award winner! Yet, no one knows about it. Its brisk, lively; and engaging. Non-stop action. Great for teens. Great for building confidence in shy people.The lead character (George) is a big cuddly bear. Mentally slow, backward, & fumbling--perceived as a 'loser' and 'misfit' in a fast-paced, chaotic, turbulent, futuristic New York. He generally struggles at life and relationships. But he has one interesting skill: empathy. He c [...]

    4. nhwvejournal/213781ml[return][return]This book, published in 1975, is a fix-up of three stories published in Analog between 1968 and 1971 featuring psychic detective George Sandford, the last of which won a Nebula. The setting is remarkable - New York in a world recovering from environmental catastrophe, where there is much greenery and derelict buildings (and vulnerable underwater suburbs), and significant social control in return for quality of life. Sandford's somewhat seedy character and his [...]

    5. Early 70s SF reminiscent of Russ and Delany and earlier works by Bester and Huxley, set in a utopian/dystopian New York city of communes and enclaves. An enjoyable read that surprised me on occasion with its insight and prescience.

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