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The Telenizer   By: (1935-1994)

The Telenizer by Don Thompson

The Telenizer by Don Thompson is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that delves into the dark side of technology and its impact on human relationships. The story takes place in a near-future society where telecommunication has advanced to a whole new level.

Thompson creates a realistic and ominous world where people are constantly tethered to their screens, using an advanced form of virtual reality called the Telenizer. The protagonist, John, finds himself consumed by the addictive nature of this technology, losing touch with reality and the people around him. The author effectively portrays the dangers of overreliance on technology, highlighting the potential consequences of disconnecting from actual human interaction.

The character development is skillfully executed, as readers witness John's descent into obsession and the toll it takes on his personal life. Thompson captures the desperation and loneliness experienced by John's wife and friends, who struggle to understand his obsession and regain his attention. The author's exploration of the negative consequences of excessive technology use resonates with modern society's increasing dependence on devices and screens.

The plot moves at an engaging pace, with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers hooked. Thompson expertly keeps the suspense alive, making it difficult to predict the outcome of John's story. The themes of addiction, disconnection, and the preservation of genuine relationships are masterfully woven into the narrative, making The Telenizer a thought-provoking read.

Moreover, Thompson's writing style is compelling, with vivid descriptions and well-crafted dialogue that bring the characters and their experiences to life. The author's knowledge of technology and its potential future advancements adds credibility to the story and enhances its impact. The Telenizer is a seamless blend of science fiction, psychological thriller, and cautionary tale, resulting in a captivating and resonant novel.

If there is one minor drawback to the novel, it is the occasional lack of subtlety in conveying the moral message. At times, the author's intent becomes overt, and some readers may have preferred a more nuanced exploration of the themes. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall quality of the book.

In conclusion, The Telenizer by Don Thompson is an enthralling and cautionary tale that warns of the perils of excessive technology use. Thompson's skillful storytelling, compelling characters, and thought-provoking themes make this novel a must-read for anyone concerned about the impact of technology on human relationships. It serves as a stark reminder to reassess our own reliance on screens and reconnect with the world beyond them.

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The Telenizer


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[Transcriber Note: This etext was produced from Galaxy Science Fiction March 1954. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Sidenote: Langston had technicolor delusions; inanimate objects came alive in his hands; THEY were persecuting him, out to get him ... what a relief it was to know he wasn't going insane!]

When I saw the blood dripping from the tap in the bathtub, I knew that someone had a telenosis beam on me, and I breathed a very audible sigh of relief.

During the past few days, I had begun to wonder if I was really cracking up.

When you start seeing visions of a bearded gent with a halo, or having vague but wonderful dreams about some sort of perfect world, feeling intense loyalties to undefined ideals, and experiencing sudden impulses, sometimes cruel and sometimes kind you know that something's wrong.

At least I do.

If he whoever he was had just kept up the slow, subtle pace he'd maintained for the past two or three days, he would have had me in a little while. For whatever he wanted.

But now, he'd overplayed his hand. I knew, at least, what was going on. Who was doing it, or why, I still didn't know nor whether I could stand it, even knowing... Continue reading book >>

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