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June 27th, 2007, 01:08 PM
I recall reading in the 1970s a book about the Earth in the future...99% of humanity lived in skyscrapers, buildings a mile high or more. None of the residents ever went onto the ground outside. There was no contact between these city dwellers and the few people who lived on the ground outside...I'm not sure the city dwellers even knew people lived outside, or that it was possible to live outside. I'm not sure if building-to-building communication was available or not.

Eventually the protagonist makes it outside, discovering the farms and other support structures that provided for the needs of the city dwellers.

That's all I remember. Can anyone ID this novel for me? It definitely was NOT Logan's Run, I know that for certain.


June 27th, 2007, 05:27 PM
2 possibilities that spring immediately to mind are;

Shadow of Heaven by Bob Shaw
Farewell Horizontal by K W Jeter.

There are plenty more coming to mind

Kuldesak by Richard Cowper

Iíll be back.

June 27th, 2007, 05:56 PM
Sounds like Silverberg's The World Inside to me. It's a collection of linked stories.

Rob B
June 27th, 2007, 08:40 PM
:p Sounds like The Jetsons to me. ;)

June 27th, 2007, 09:01 PM
That does sound like one of the episodes in Robert Silverberg's The World Inside as pointed out above:


One of the first Silverberg novels I read as a teenager, for what that's worth. :)

June 27th, 2007, 09:27 PM
Thanks, everyone. I was about to mention that it might have been written by Silverberg, or Sturgeon, but I didn't want to give info that might be false. It definitely sounds like The World Inside...I'll have to go look for it.

Thanks again, you guys rock.

June 27th, 2007, 09:52 PM
I believe it was a short story, again from the 70s, but all I can remember is one scene: a team of time travelers travels back in time to when one of the travelers was a child. They sneak up on the child Traveler and his family, peering at them from concealment. The adult Traveler makes the mistake of looking as well, and when he sees himself as a child, he, the adult disappears, as if he had never been there, though the child is not affected. As if the time paradox wouldn't allow him to see himself.

I know it's a longshot, but can anyone place this story?