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The Joy Makers By James Edwin Gunn The Joy Makers Imagine a world where you can have everything you want or if you can t have it you can be psychologically conditioned not to want it Imagine a world so technologically advanced that happiness and co

  • Title: The Joy Makers
  • Author: James Edwin Gunn
  • ISBN: 9780517551844
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Joy Makers By James Edwin Gunn Imagine a world where you can have everything you want, or if you can t have it, you can be psychologically conditioned not to want it Imagine a world so technologically advanced that happiness and contentment can be achieved without effort, a world where there is no sickness or hunger, no deprivation, no want, no striving, no disappointment Imagine that any experience cImagine a world where you can have everything you want, or if you can t have it, you can be psychologically conditioned not to want it Imagine a world so technologically advanced that happiness and contentment can be achieved without effort, a world where there is no sickness or hunger, no deprivation, no want, no striving, no disappointment Imagine that any experience can be yours and any fantasy or desire reconstructed by machines and fed directly into your cerebral cortex Imagine all this, and you have the world of James Gunn s The Joy Makers, a nightmare world of indolence, of lost purpose, of the death of civilization The Joy Makers tells of a future society on Earth where the psychomedical science of Hedonics, concerned with the manipulation of human desired and the achievement of happiness, becomes the ruling philosophy In a chilling climax, an Earthman returning from Venus, where life is still a rugged pioneering affair, attempts to smash the grotesque domination of the machine over a captive human population Originally published as separate stories in 1954 and 1955 in the pulp magazines of the day and first published in book form in 1961, The Joy Makers is a brilliant exposition of a theme well known to science fiction fans that of a paradise gone wrong Its author takes a jaundiced look at utopian societies and suggests that unhappiness and dissatisfaction may be necessary underpinnings of all h
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    1. Robert on said:

      This is a true SF classic it is amazing that nobody here has read or reviewed it.The Matrix is basically in many ways derived from ideas that were originally introduced in this book Think Plato s Cave and Aristotle s Ethics with a bit of JSMill turned into a SF novel really four novellas in one book Awesome.The basic theme of this book is that a business is founded in what is still a recognizable vision of modern society that sells happiness Not cars, not books, not all the things that people pu [...]

    2. Charles Dee Mitchell on said:

      Gunn s 1961 novel is a fix up of a short story and two novellas from the 1950 s, not an uncommon path for SF to take from the magazines to paperback at that time The narratives, set centuries apart, chart what happens when happiness transforms from a desire, to a possibility, to law, and then to something much darker and stranger.In the opening story, which takes place either in mid twentieth century America or a near future, Josh Hunt is a successful manufacturer and he is not happy He is tired [...]

    3. Ishan on said:

      Every one of these hundreds of millions of human beings is in some form seeking happinessNot one altogether noble nor altogether trustworthy nor altogether consistent and not one is altogether vile Not a single one but has at some time wept.This book is a gem.

    4. Rachel Adiyah on said:

      This is the most remarkable book that you ve probably never heard about Originally written in three separate novellas over the period of 1954 55, then collected into one volume in 1961, this book starts out with the novel premise of a business which is devoted entirely to human happiness From a laughable premise the company of happiness, Hedonics, Inc suddenly overwhelms an unhappy CEO who has strong reservations about someone selling the dream of giving you total happiness his staff starts usin [...]

    5. Nawfal on said:

      This book is the fix up of three short pieces that Gunn authored in 1955 In The Joy Makers each short piece is one of the three parts I liked the first part the most, then the second, and I really did not like the final part The first piece is the most story like there is effort to make a suspenseful and interesting plot The other two parts just seemed like vehicles for someone who was doing a bit of study in the field of Ethics specifically hedonism and eudaimonia However, I ve read than my sh [...]

    6. Simone Scardapane on said:

      La domanda alla base del libro, come spesso accade in questi casi, semplice ed al contempo geniale cosa succederebbe se la felicit , da semplice diritto spesso negato, diventasse, pian piano, un dovere Se la Scienza fosse finalmente in grado di donarcela Che felicit sceglierebbero, gli uomini Quella duratura, che si conquista giorno per giorno, od il piacere istantaneo, quello che ottenebra i sensi, il distruttore di vita Di sicuro ci saranno ribelli, persone che reclameranno il loro diritto a p [...]

    7. Martin Thomas on said:

      Everyone wants to be happy, Right And if we make everyone else happy, that will help us be happy.So, this novel starts off happy A new breed of professionals, called Hedonists, use a combination of folk wisdom and advanced scientific tricks to make people happy The trouble is, they are so very good at it that eventually a law is passed making it illegal to be unhappy Unhappy people are arrested and cured soon they are released as model citizens, very grateful that they were caught This makes som [...]

    8. Christopher Sutch on said:

      A better than average 1950s science fiction novel Gunn follows his premise about human happiness and vs pleasure to its logical extension This is a bit thoughtful than many works from the same era, but also still suffers from some of the shortfalls of 1950s science fiction characterization and some philosophical elements are too often sacrificed in the interests of advancing the plot.

    9. Sean on said:

      Sadly, I was planning my review entirely around certain quotations from the book Unfortunately I have turned the book in and can no longer follow my plan And woe is me the drop down menu with the bookshelf selection won t go away so I can t see what I am typing, as that box occludes much of the review entry box Anyway, I will simply write this one quotation to sum up what would have been my review Happiness is death.

    10. Bob Rust on said:

      The Joy Makers 1961 describes in Gunn s dark ponderous cumulatively impressive manner a society whose members are controlled by synthetic forms of release that corrode their sense of reality Perception.

    11. Ross on said:

      This book was formative for me in many ways, though rereading as an adult I think I didn t exactly get the author s message as intended.

    12. Tim on said:

      An excellent tale of what it might mean to get everything that you want and whether that would really make you happy or quite the opposite.

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