Item description for The Sheep Look Up by James John Bell John Brunner...
An enduring classic, this book offers a dramatic and prophetic look at the potential consequences of the escalating destruction of Earth. In this nightmare society, air pollution is so bad that gas masks are commonplace. Infant mortality is up, and everyone seems to suffer from some form of ailment. The water is polluted, and only the poor drink from the tap. The government is ineffectual, and corporate interests scramble to make a profit from water purifiers, gas masks, and organic foods. Environmentalist Austin Train is on the run. The Trainites, environmental activists and sometime terrorists, want him to lead their movement. The government wants him in jail, or preferably, executed. The media wants a circus. Everyone has a plan for Train, but Train has a plan of his own. This suspenseful science fiction drama is now available to a new generation of enthusiasts.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.03" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1932100059 ISBN13 9781932100051
Reviews - What do customers think about The Sheep Look Up?
fantabulous book, a must read for modern times Jul 6, 2008
Anybody living today can relate to this book. All of John Brunner's work is amazing but this one is particularly on point. I read it a number of years ago and reread it about every three to five years. It does not get less true over time. highly recommend
Unpolished story of an unpolished earth Jun 10, 2008
The topic of the novel is timely, prophetic and nearly inevitable: humans pollute their earth to the point where they can't breath or breed. All is bad, nothing can be done naturally... no organic gardening (due to overuse of sprays), no romantic sunsets (sun is blocked out from haze) and no dancing in the rain (as the acid will melt your suit).
An unpolished earth can only be told one way and that's through an unpolished story. Unpolished is actually a nice word for "choppy." The story jumps perspective and story line quite often, even including news headlines. I prefer a more refined presentation for this future earth.
Stick with it Mar 26, 2008
Be patient with this novel. In the begining you are inundated with new charecters and sublots every few pages. It reminds me of watching news coverage during some kind of widespread disaster. The network cycles through 10-15 different locations involving different perspectives and personalities in a very short time. You only glean enough information to realize that the situation is FUBAR; you can never fully relate to any one particular situation or its' human element. You don't empathize with the people in this novel for that reason. I found myself not wanting to invest any more time in this book; there isn't a single character you root for. I am glad I trudged through. The final third of the story is quite good. You've become familiar with the cast and Brunner moves seamlessly from one event to the next. It is impressive writing.
A must for monkeywrenchers Oct 24, 2007
A novel about the near future. Its dystopian picture of the world exploring how much pollution and illness we'll put up with until we must resist.
The Top 5 of the Scariest Books I Have Ever Read Feb 23, 2007
I agree with what others have said about this book. It is written in a very jerky, unusual style, and can be a bit hard to follow at times. But given that it was written so long ago, it is frighteningly, eerily relevant. I read the book in 2 days (which was a feat considering how it is written). It has stayed with me for weeks.
Current news reports are ones that appear in the book, and without wanting to sound like a doom and gloom pessimist, I have to say....I think we're doomed.