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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Camp Concentration

Thomas Michael Disch, an American science-fiction novelist and winner of the Hugo, Rhysling and Seuin awards on science-fictional work, published this novel Camp Concentration. The book also became translated into diverse languages including German, French, Dutch and many more.

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Author: Thomas M. Disch

Genre: Science Fiction

Page Count: 192

Good reads rating: 3.76 of 5

My Ratings: 7.3 of 10

Published: 1999 (Edited edition)

Publisher: Vintage

Language: English

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Review and Summary of The Science Fiction Novel Camp Concentration

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Camp Concentration is not just a novel about science and fiction but it offers other elements of poetry and prose, political and diplomatic commentary, irony and sarcasm with literary criticism.

This novel narrates in first-person journal form and its setting is in an era where war is fulminating on all fronts sketched more likely in Vietnam style war. Louis Sachetti, a 35-year-old obese poet, presents the protagonist in this story. Also, a lapsed catholic imprisoned for his objection to perform military service during the US influenced war.

During his five-year sentence, after some months, he became forcibly shifted to an underground secretive and furtive research laboratory called Camp Archimedes. They set-up a military camp led by General Humphery Haast. Because of Sachetti’s excellent verbal and literary skills, they assigned him the task to observe and pen-down the daily events in the Camp, who reported to the leaders of the regime.

During his observation, Sachetti came to know that this Camp operated a humanoid laboratory. They used people from prisons and military hospitals as experiments. They injected these people with drugs and with a mutated form of syphilis which increases their intellectual expertise and their brain potentials rise to astonishing levels, making them geniuses.

Their scholarly visions and thoughts burn with ideas of philosophy, alchemy, and nuclear physics. But all of this comes at the cost of living, although their brains are amazingly faster and supple, they gradually lose their bodies by subjecting themselves into a series of illnesses and dying only after nine months. This system aimed to gain the power or concept of becoming immortal. Sachetti suspects himself of being affected with syphilis but continues to observe and write about the camps.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel Camp Concentration

The novel offers a complex and interesting storyline focused on scholarly thoughts, science thinking and philosophical ideas. Because of the complexity of the novel, I rate this novel as a 7.3 out of 10. Would I re-read the novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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