[Epub] The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe By D.G. Compton – Sunkgirls.info

[Epub] The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe  By D.G. Compton – Sunkgirls.info It surprises me that The continuous Katherine Mortenhoe is notwidely known I ve only recently found out about it while browsing the shelves in a local bookstore, to boot , but the interesting blurb incited me to read it Boy, am I glad I did Now I totally understand why it s a part of the SF masterworks collection D.G Compton had written this book in the advent of reality TV He extrapolates that phenomenon to such lengths that may have been outrageous in the day, but alas, today it o It surprises me that The continuous Katherine Mortenhoe is notwidely known I ve only recently found out about it while browsing the shelves in a local bookstore, to boot , but the interesting blurb incited me to read it Boy, am I glad I did Now I totally understand why it s a part of the SF masterworks collection D.G Compton had written this book in the advent of reality TV He extrapolates that phenomenon to such lengths that may have been outrageous in the day, but alas, today it only shows how much foresight he had The reality show Katherine Mortenhow is immersed in basically by coercion is only a step or two away from the usual fodder that is on the programme tod Set in some unspecified time period in which people rarely die of illness, only of old age, such unnatural deaths are televised and have become a spectacle for an audience unused to such suffering The book has been seen as a reaction to the intrusiveness of television and nascent reality TV programming yet, in the end, it is predominantly a book about people and relationships in a particular near future milieu.Indeed, Katherine Mortenhoe doesn t even appear on television until half way throu Set in some unspecified time period in which people rarely die of illness, only of old age, such unnatural deaths are televised and have become a spectacle for an audience unused to such suffering The book has been seen as a reaction to the intrusiveness of television and nascent reality TV programming yet, in the end, it is predominantly a book about people and relationships in a particular near future milieu.Indeed, Katherine Mortenhoe doesn t even appear on television until half way t A Forgotten SF Classic That Exposed The Pitfalls Of Voyeuristic Entertainment Decades Before The Reality Show Craze.A Few Years In The Future, Medical Science Has Advanced To The Point Where It Is Practically Unheard Of For People To Die Of Any Cause Except Old Age The Few Exceptions Provide The Fodder For A New Kind Of Television Show For Avid Audiences Who Lap Up The Experience Of Watching Someone Else S Dying Weeks So When Katherine Mortenhoe Is Told That She Has About Four Weeks To Live, She Knows It S Not Just Her Life She S About To Lose But Her Privacy As Well. It s a rare book that has both an NYRB Classics edition and an SF Masterwork edition, but don t let that raise your expectations The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe got reprinted by NYRB Classics because someone thought it could be pitched as one of those prescient works of science fiction that predicted a current trend, in this case reality television It got the SF Masterwork edition, on the other hand, because the SF Masterwork collection is decidedly a mixed bag The premise here is undercut It s a rare book that has both an NYRB Classics edition and an SF Masterwork edition, but don t let that raise your expectations The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe got reprinted by NYRB Classics because someone thought it could be pitched as one of those prescient works of science fiction that predicted a current trend, in this case reality television It got the SF Masterwork edition, on the other hand, because the SF Masterwork collection is decidedly a mixed bag The premise here is undercut by the setting, Compton fails at establishing the needed connection to the characters, and ultimately the work has nothing to say People sometimes malign literary science fiction as pretentious and boring I wouldn t offer The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe as a c Pre empting reality TV, an intrusive media and a voyeuristic and hypocritical public are the themes explored here.In the near future and most diseases have been eradicated, people only die when they get very old or by accident When someone actually becomes terminally ill before there time, they are of intense public interest and, to the right media tycoons, they are fit for exploitation So dedicated to journalism and witnessing the truth, Roddie replaces his eyes with cameras so he is perman Pre empting reality TV, an intrusive media and a voyeuristic and hypocritical public are the themes explored here.In the near future and most diseases have been eradicated, people only die when they get very old or by accident When someone actually becomes terminally ill before there time, they are of intense public interest and, to the right media tycoons, they are fit for exploitation So dedicated to journalism and witnessing the truth, Roddie replaces his eyes with cameras so he is permanently filming what he sees and relaying it back to the office Now he cannot sleep, must be kept permanently awake with drugs and must never find himself in darkness or else his inbuilt camera eyes will short circuit.Katie Mortenhoe must radically re assess her lif I don t remember the word celebrity being used, but in some ways this novel is about celebrity, about how it s used for profit and how it s abused Katherine Mortenhoe is a celebrity because she s going to die in middle age at a time in the near future when death by any cause except old age has been eliminated She signs away her rights to privacy to a TV network that will broadcast coverage of her final days in exchange for a substantial payment leaving her husband comfortable The personal and I don t remember the word celebrity being used, but in some ways this novel is about celebrity, about how it s used for profit and how it s abused Katherine Mortenhoe is a celebrity because she s going to die in middle age at a time in the near future when death by any cause except old age has been eliminated She signs away her rights to privacy to a TV network that will broadcast coverage of her final days in exchange for a substantial payment leaving her husband comfortable The personal and moral conflicts of the plot develop when she reneges on the agreement and flees the media attention.Katherine and her extraordinary situation is the subject of the novel But I found those trying to take advantage of her death to beinteresting The reporter detailed to record her dyin This book is about a hundred pages too long The first 2 3 was fascinating, utterly riveting Then the main characters went on the run together and it deteriorated very quickly The writing is good the characters are excellent the plotting is abysmal.This book is almost universally described by readers as the best science fiction I have ever read If you are thinking about reading it you should know that there is The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe 1973 by D.G Compton is the best SF Masterwork I ve read in months.Reality TV is very popular these days We can, if so inclined, choose to watch real people competing over performance skills The X Factor, Britain s Got Talent, etc , being affluent housewives The Real Housewives of Cheshire, etc , working in a kitchen Jamie s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, etc , working in a tattoo shop Miami Ink, etc , driving on icy roads Ice Road Truckers, etc , coping The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe 1973 by D.G Compton is the best S I saw that Jeff VanderMeer had written the introduction for this, so I snagged it when it became available in Edelweiss for review.I wasn t super into it I think I was struggling to read it in the context of that time Because reality tv is so pervasive now, it s almost a logical step to consider a reality show that follows a death We have some of that already when people announce they are choosing assisted suicide, when news becomes reality tv But consid First something I must get off my chest I heartily dislike the new goodreads homepage It s far too busy, I much preferred the less cluttered old version Secondly, this is a short novel and only took me three days to read because it is, pardon my French, grim as fuck A bitterer,cynical sci fi novel I have rarely come across The conceit is as follows Katherine Mortenhoe is diagnosed with a terminal illness that will kill her in mere weeks As such illnesses are vanishingly rare, she im First something I must get off my chest I heartily dislike the new goodreads homepage It s far too busy, I much preferred the less cluttered old version Secondly, this is a short novel and only took me three days to read because it is, pardon my French, grim as fuck A bitterer,cynical sci fi novel I have rarely come across The conceit is as follows Katherine Mortenhoe is diagnosed with a terminal illness that will kill her in mere weeks As such illnesses are vanishingly rare, she immediately becomes a celebrity and is hounded by the media A man with TV cameras in his eyes follows her around, trying to make a reality TV show about her Although there is a dark humour about all this, it s a nasty, angry sort of humour that isn t really funny The writing is at times witty, yet

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