334: A Novel by Thomas M Disch – Dystopian Books Review

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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel 334

American author Thomas M. Disch published his science fiction novel 334 in the year 1972, and a 1999 version became available as well. The novel describes everyday life in the city of New York set in the dystopian future of the year 2025.

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Author: Thomas M. Disch                                                                                      

Genre: Science fiction, Dystopia

Pages: 201

Good reads:  3.69 of 5

My Ratings: 7.3 of 10

Published: 1999

Publisher: Vintage

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel 334

***Warning Spoilers Below This Point***

The novel 334 set in the future describes many technological advances. In the current world, no climatic disasters exist and challenges with population control remains a reality. An agency known as MODICUM provides the basic welfare state needs. MODICUM creates various class divisions between professionals and recipients.

This book comprises five different and independent narratives published separately. The novels carry a common setting, describing different characters.

Most of the short sections of this sub novel trace the members of a single-family at different times. The text below describes episodes in the novel.

  • The Death of Socrates revolves around a high school boy who discovers he cannot have future children. His poor regent’s exam results impacted on his ability to have children. To produce children, he needs extra credits.
  • Bodies, describes Porters at Bellevue Hospital moonlight who became body snatchers and work for a necrophiliac brothel. They comprise complicated tasks because they cryonically preserve some of their patients for a better future.
  • Everyday Life in the Later Roman Empire illustrates a privileged government worker who sends his boy to school. He needs to pursue a parallel existence in a hallucinogen assisted role-playing game during the year 334 to gain school entrance for his boy.
  • Emancipation: A Romance of the Times to Come, refers to a married young professional man and a woman. The section describes their marital conflicts and parenthood. There are many twists in this story and remains unique to the decade of 2020.
  • Angouleme, there is a group of high educated pre-pubescent children who undertake murder in Battery Park.
  • 334, the author describes scenes of the Hanson family from the year 2021 to 2025.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel 334

Until the end, the book remained interesting and described different future events perfectly. The characterisation and well-developed storyline done justice to the novel. I give the novel a 7.3 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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