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Subversive   By: (1917-1983)

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In "Subversive" by Mack Reynolds, readers are taken on a mind-bending journey into a dystopian future that questions the very foundations of the society we live in. Set in a strikingly realistic world, Reynolds effortlessly combines political intrigue, moral dilemmas, and a gripping plot that keeps you hooked from start to finish.

The story is centered around a brilliant and rebellious protagonist, whose actions and covert operations aim to challenge and subvert the established order. Reynolds masterfully explores themes of power, corruption, and social inequality, confronting readers with uncomfortable questions about the price of freedom and the lengths individuals are willing to go to obtain it.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its thought-provoking narrative. Reynolds skillfully portrays a society where the lines between good and evil are blurred, leaving readers constantly questioning their own moral compasses. The author's ability to craft complex characters with conflicting motivations adds depth and complexity to the story, making it all the more engaging.

The world-building in "Subversive" is nothing short of exemplary. Reynolds has created a highly realistic and immersive setting, complete with intricate political systems, technological advancements, and social structures. This attention to detail enhances the believability of the story, drawing readers deeper into the narrative and allowing them to truly understand and empathize with the characters' struggles.

Furthermore, Reynolds showcases his talent for crafting suspenseful and unpredictable plot twists. The story unfolds with a steady pace, ensuring that readers remain on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating each turn of events. The author expertly balances action-packed sequences with moments of introspection, providing a well-rounded reading experience.

While "Subversive" undoubtedly captivates readers with its compelling storyline, it does require a certain level of engagement and familiarity with political and social themes. The novel delves into complex concepts that may not resonate with all readers, but those who appreciate thought-provoking narratives will be rewarded.

Overall, "Subversive" is a gripping and intellectually stimulating read. Mack Reynolds successfully challenges societal norms and conventions, forcing readers to question their own beliefs and values. If you are looking for a book that pushes the boundaries of conventional storytelling and offers a fresh perspective on contemporary issues, then "Subversive" is an absolute must-read.

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Transcriber's Note:

This etext was produced from Analog December 1962. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. Minor spelling and typographical errors have been corrected without note. Subscript characters are shown within {braces}.


"Subversive" is, in essence, a negative term it means simply "against the existent system." It doesn't mean subversives all agree ...

by Mack Reynolds

Illustrated by Schoenherr

The young man with the brown paper bag said, "Is Mrs. Coty in?"

"I'm afraid she isn't. Is there anything I can do?"

"You're Mr. Coty? I came about the soap." He held up the paper bag.

"Soap?" Mr. Coty said blankly. He was the epitome of mid aged husband complete to pipe, carpet slippers and office slump posture.

"That's right. I'm sure she told you about it. My name's Dickens. Warren Dickens. I sold her "

"Look here, you mean to tell me in this day and age you go around from door to door peddling soap? Great guns, boy, you'd do better on unemployment insurance. It's permanent now."

Warren Dickens registered distress. "Mr. Coty, could I come in and tell you about it? If I can make the first delivery to you instead of Mrs... Continue reading book >>

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