|Plot Summary of The World of Null-A|
The year is 2650 and Gilbert Gosseyn has amnesia and lives on Earth, which is ruled by a Machine. People have to prove themselves superior by participating in games that the Machine oversees. The way to prove you're superior is by demonstrating philosophical understanding of a concept known as Null-A. This concept means you are able to control your emotions and think logically. The word null-A stands for non-Aristotelian. The people in this future are attempting to be logical and a lot of the ideas in the book come from a real philosophy known as General Semantics. In a fantastically suspenseful plot that keeps moving forward at a rapid pace, the protagonist discovers a few things about himself, but not much. One of the things he discovers is that he has two brains and is immortal! The book moves quickly between Earth and Venus and rushes to a final conclusion that is literally out of this world.
This synopsis report prepared by Michael Christian
|Chapter Analysis of The World of Null-A|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
- controls your mind
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's a slave/repressed?
- computer/robots in charge
- champion of justice
If magical mental powers:
Really unusual traits?
- Super genius
- Domed/Underground City
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Not Earth, in Solar System?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a fair amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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