Books-to-Film Dystopian Overpopulation Science Fiction
Make Room! Make Room!
This classic dystopian novel about overpopulation takes place in New York City in 1999, where its 35 million inhabitants compete over water rations, living space, and "soylent" burgers. The story mostly follows a detective who is trying to track down the murderer a notorious city racketeer. Meanwhile, city water rations are shrinking, power generators are failing, and street protests and general unrest seems to be rising, especially when goverment bodies threaten to legislate population control. A thoughtful work that became the loose basis for the 1973 film Solyent Green by Richard Fleischer, which starred Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young and Edward G. Robinson (in his final role). The film deviates quite a bit from the book, though, by famously introducing cannibalism to the plot.
The book was originally serialized in Impulse magazine. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels (50).
Two very faint stains on the lower front panel and fold of the jacket, only discernible on the verso side of the jacket. Otherwise, an exceptional very fine copy in dust jacket. Scarce.
Author: Harry Harrison
Publisher: New York: Doubleday, 1966.
Edition: First Edition, First Printing