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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Synthajoy

Synthajoy presents a science fiction novel published by the British writer David G. Compton, who received popularity as science fiction and non-fiction writer. This book became published as an Ace Science Fiction Special and translated in Italian during 1972. This book is one of Compton’s lesser-known works and therefore underrated.

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Author: David G. Compton

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 189

Good reads rating: 3.58 of 5

My Ratings: 7 of 10

Published: 1968 (Original publication)

Publisher: Gateway (November 14, 2011)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Synthajoy

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The author wrote the novel on the works and progression of science and technology and its adverse and terrible effects on society. The author uses his own creative and artistic style by creating a work of science according to his imaginations that became a reality as the years moved on.

He expresses the main theme of the novel in first-person narrative form. A woman named Thea Cadence represents the protagonist of this tale and became sentenced to a mental hospital. This happened after she murdered her husband, Edward Cadence. The events in the book unfold between the flashbacks of Thea’s past during her treatment and her own reviews and thoughts on her past at the present day.

The plot of the story displays the invention of the machine which is an astounding miracle of science and technology. They developed the device to treat and cure a condition called UDW (Uncompensated Death Wish) which is a disorder. This UDW where people do not see the reason for living became common, and many people died because of this. So, this machine recorded people’s thoughts, emotions, and feelings by reading their brain activity called The Sensitape. It played back the recording to other people via headsets named the Relaxtape. It forced their brain to relax by playing the recordings of a calm brain.

The masterminds behind all these ideas included Edward Cadence, Thea Cadence, and Tony Stech, a technician whose father suffered from UDW. This machine helped many cases of UDW, but with time all the fame and wealth made Edward and Tony greedy. It made them use this machine for many other purposes by selling them not only for therapeutic benefits but also for entertainment and sexual pleasures. Later, many events take place with twists and turn leading to the death of Tony and the murder of Edward by his own wife. Thea receives treatment from the same machine she devised with his husband. She blames herself that the machine causes the death of morality and structure of a society.

Final Say on the Science Fiction Novel Synthajoy

The book is typically a work of science and creativity depicting how bound and addicted humankind can become. This happens when anything becomes adversely and excessively used. My rating for this novel is 7 out of 10 because of the interesting storyline it presents. Would I re-read this novel: No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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