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Very fine (unread) copy in very fine jacket. Hardcover first edition, first printing. Not a book club, remainder or ex-library copy. Dystopic science fiction and political thriller set in future Australia, where the world is run as a welfare society, and is steadily collapsing under over-population and worldwide recession pressures. A prescient novel by Turner, an Austrialian author who died in 1997. "George Turner ought to be recognized as one of the best sf writers around" and "psychological density in a science-fictional world that addresses important political, social, moral, and ecological issues and you get a pretty remarkable piece of work." - Locus, February 1993. Award History: 1993 Notable Book, NY Times Book Review.