Los Angeles: A.D. 2017 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A stark and terrifying vision of an apocalyptic, environmentally ravaged near-future world from a 20th-century master of thought-provoking science fiction. In a writing career that spanned six decades, Philip Wylie created an astonishing body of work that ranged from science fiction to suspense to philosophy to social criticism while inspiring the creation of such iconic characters as Superman, Flash Gordon, Doc Savage, and Travis McGee. In Los Angeles: A.D. 2017, based on Wylie’s own teleplay written for the hit 1970s TV series The Name of the Game, directed by a young Steven Spielberg, the author imagines a dystopian future in which environmental disaster has driven the remnants of humankind belowground. By the year 2017, a series of ecological catastrophes have eliminated most of the Earth’s population while destroying the America we once knew. The few who have survived live in underground bunkers beneath the ruins of the nation’s major cities, controlled by ruthless corporate entities that have remolded the devastated society into USA, Inc. This is the nightmare into which crusading magazine publisher Glenn Howard awakens after 40 years of sleep. As a powerful 20th-century entrepreneur, Howard is expected to join the elite. But in this dark future age, population numbers are strictly controlled by computer; the aged, infirm, and unproductive are mercilessly eliminated; and all dissent is punished by death. For an idealist like Howard, accepting the new status quo is unthinkable. But the alternative - working with a secret rebel committed to overthrowing the cruel corporate masters - could prove the most dangerous route of all, a path that leads inexorably to one unthinkable outcome: erasure.
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Glenn Howard leaves the meeting early to return to his publishing offices in LA. He stops at a rest stop and the next thing he knows it's 2017 and the air is unbreathable. He is found by a search and rescue team and taken to the underground city of LA which is now a bunker.
There he recovers and comes face to face with a "Brave New World" dystopian system. The government of the city (and what is left of the country) is corporate fascism. Status is determined by class and grouping based on the level of genetic damage.
Because the book and the screenplay were written in 1971 ("free Love" and all of that), there is a lot of focus on sex. There is a drug similar to SOMA from "Brave New World" which enhances sex drive and encourages lots of sexual activity in the underground bunker. Sex is used to calm and control the population.
Despite that, there is a lot of discord and things are not as they seem.
This book is probably one of the last things Philip Wylie wrote prior to his death. Wylie was a strong proponent of the looming disasters related to the environment and climate. I remember the Cuyahoga River in Pittsburgh catching fire because of the polluted water. The book is very relevant to its time.
I have to say the focus on sex in the book can become tedious after a while. Nevertheless, I found the book to be a quick read. And, there is quite a twist at the end. But, remember, it's based on a screenplay so that's not too surprising.
I would say it's an "average" dystopian novel.
READER TO READ THIS BOOK. I AM NOT MUCH ON MESSAGES BUT
THIS ONE WILL MAKE YOU THINK WILL KEEPING YOU DEEPLY
ENGROSSED. THAT IS SAYING A LOT BECAUSE I'M A HARD GUY