Mindkiller: A Novel of the Near Future

Mindkiller A Novel of the Near Future Wireheads addicted to an electric current fed into the pleasure centers of the brain are the new junkies Karen a former wirehead who barely escaped death by pleasure is determined to bring down th

  • Title: Mindkiller: A Novel of the Near Future
  • Author: Spider Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780030590184
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wireheads, addicted to an electric current fed into the pleasure centers of the brain, are the new junkies Karen, a former wirehead who barely escaped death by pleasure, is determined to bring down those who sell the wireheading equipment, but she and her lover Joe instead turn up evidence of a shadowy global conspiracy not to control the world, but to keep anyone from reWireheads, addicted to an electric current fed into the pleasure centers of the brain, are the new junkies Karen, a former wirehead who barely escaped death by pleasure, is determined to bring down those who sell the wireheading equipment, but she and her lover Joe instead turn up evidence of a shadowy global conspiracy not to control the world, but to keep anyone from realizing that the masters of mind control have been controlling us all for some time now

    One thought on “Mindkiller: A Novel of the Near Future”

    1. It’s very difficult to give this novel a star rating—some of it is very good, some of it is very predictable, some of it is not so good. First the good: The plot is tight and interesting up until the last couple of chapters, where things get a bit loose and baggy, with a bunch of completely unbelievable coincidences. There are two plot lines that keep the reader’s brain actively trying to figure out how they relate to each other for the majority of the novel. Plus, I appreciated that subst [...]

    2. This book is deftly put together until just about the very end. I found the two plot threads equally compelling, which is a tough trick to pull off. The characters are each highly damaged but interesting people, and I enjoyed watching their interactions with those around them. Norman is an alienated, depressed professor; Joe haswell, I don't want to spoil anything, so we'll say an unusual job and some even more unusual problems. Both have been withdrawing from the world, and each is pulled back [...]

    3. I read the middle book of this trilogy, Time Pressure, without knowing that it was a trilogy. The three books were written many years apart, and the other two were okay, but I didn't like them as much as the middle one. This one was better than the third one, and as I read through it I realized that I had read it before, perhaps some time ago. When I started reading it I remembered this one scene that involves the selling of rare jazz records, and as I continued to read I realized that the scene [...]

    4. An early cyberpunkish novel that had a good concept, if nothing I hadn't heard before - people connecting wires into their heads for the latest fix, mind and memory manipulation, a dystopian future.The story's divided up into two time periods, but the story of each mirrors each the other so perfectly that, by the time the big shocking reveal comes about, you already can guess what it's going to be. Still, it was a quick read, and well-written.One thing I always like about Spider Robinson novels [...]

    5. Very fascinating book with lots of twists and turns that makes you angry, breaks your heart, then broadens your mind.

    6. I am so confused by this book.Would I recommend:Yes and no. If you like fun quirky reads that deal with interesting adult themes with fun characters, then yes. Just be aware that the ending is really awful. If you can get past that though, it’s a really enjoyable experience.My Experience:The beginning drops you straight into the world leaving you lost but interested enough to continue. I was very skeptical though as the book progressed I really fell in love. The characters weren’t very devel [...]

    7. Very confusing. Amazing. Horrible. And I really don't get the ending. Must be best book ever then! Only one part was obvious but mostly works. For the time of publication it must have been very edgy.

    8. Awkward, self conscious writing. Was way better the first time I read it and I needn't have shelved it for a second reading 20 years later.

    9. I love the thrillers of Spider Robinson. But I also love D&D, noise music and rare pre-WWII cars which gives me a sixth sense, the geek sense. When you've tried to share your latest obsession with a non-geek and you get a blank stare or even outright hostility that sense becomes almost a survival instinct.I could recommend Mindkiller because of a brilliant story, interesting characters or a satisfying ending. I could recommended it because like the best sci-fi it raises issues of the future [...]

    10. This 1982 novel is an expansion of Spider Robinson's 1978 short story "God Is An Iron". Eventually, it became the first in the Lifehouse Trilogy, the others entitled Time Pressure (1987) and Lifehouse (1997).This novel was like a return to the sixties for me. (I was a child then, mostly I read about the sixties during the seventies). I'm sure it seemed trendy when it was new, but the language, technology, and sexual mores are becoming almost unrecognizable. In addition, the brain science in whic [...]

    11. Karen has attempted to commit suicide by jacking herself into a device that delivers stimulation to her pleasure centers, which is all-consuming and will make a person unable to care for their own basic needs. Joe, a crafty fellow with a talent for stealing information, finds Karen, rescues her, cleans her up, and decides to assist her on her quest to destroy those who made the "wireheading" technology available. They hunt a man who can erase memories and control what people know. Meanwhile, Nor [...]

    12. -Visión particular para su tiempo.- Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. En 1994, en Halifax, Norman Kent intenta suicidarse por problemas sentimentales, aunque la intervención de un extraño le interrumpe. Cuando vuelve a su casa, descubre que su hermana Madeleine, que supuestamente vivía en Europa y a la que hace mucho que ni ve ni tiene contacto con ella, le espera. En 1999, Joe entra a robar en un apartamento pero lo que logra es salvar a una mujer que está usando un estimulador [...]

    13. This is the first book I ever read by Spider Robinson. I was in the later grades of elementary school and had been dabbling in Heinlein and Varley's Titan. These were books often lying around the house that my father was reading.One day I saw Mindkiller and read the back of the jacket and thought it sounded interesting. That's an understatement. Mindkiller is brilliant. It was ahead of its' time, yet oddly if you read it now, you could believe that the technology is right around the corner waiti [...]

    14. Mindkiller is one of Spider's strongest books, which is a difficult thing to determine, as all of Spider's books are written with the same level of competency and humanism. The quality of the writing whatever the book, is equal. What you are left to determine, weather you liked it or not is the story itself. In the case of the "Mindkiller" it is a fantastic and wonderful story. There are some vivid difficult parts to read, but they are so because of the authors skill in description of such subli [...]

    15. I think this is one of Spider Robinson's best books. Two stories run concurrently, although as expected they come together at the end in a way that is both touching and, IMO, satisfying. Love and devotion are strong themes in both stories, and the characters are well-drawn and likeable. This is a book that stays with me, little pieces of it coming to mind every so often and reminding me that I have not read it for a while, and really should pick it up again.

    16. I'm so happy Hud told me to start reading Spider Robinson. This novel is an expansion of his short story "God Is an Iron" which is probably one of the best short stories I've ever read (and included, in its entirety, as chapter two of this novel). The novel is not as good as its second chapter, but it's still damn good. I'd read it again.

    17. I don't know why I haven't read more of Robinson's stuff. Could be the way he comes off as a pretentious fop in interviews. Regardless, Mindkiller was pretty good, about addicts jacking electric current into the pleasure centers of their brains. I read this one a long time ago. All I can remember is getting a real kick out of it.

    18. the first in this series that i Read was Time Pressure and i had no idea at the time - around 1988 - it was part of a "series" along with this one - Mindkiller. the rather rushed ending to Time Pressure now makes a Whole Lot More Sense. and now, you can get the whole "trilogy" (?) in one book, the Lifehouse Trilogy.i really wish someone would market a Mucus Moose!

    19. Great book on electronic addiction, though the addiction these days isn't through having wires in your brain, but by getting on Facebook or looking at porn. Wonderfully written book.

    20. Read part of this in Omni and didn't read the rest until many years later. I still think it's a huge spoiler to have this and Time Pressure combined in one volume.

    21. Well, it was a 5 the first time I read it. And a pleasure to reread when I feel like it. Spider used to write good books.

    22. A truly great read, riffing on the essence of self, memory, death, sex and perception - not necessarily in that order.

    23. One of my favorites from Spider. His monologue about "God is an iron" is one of my favorite rants of all time.

    24. I gave this book a five (bumped up from a four) due to the second chapter. This is a stand alone short story called "God is an Iron". It is my favorite short story of all time.

    25. Yeah! I liked his Callahan stuff so I read this--man, he can really make me start to like hard sci-fi, maybe! His characters are wonderful. :)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *