#10680 The Joy Makers. James Gunn.
James Gunn

The Joy Makers

The Joy Makers, published in 1961 by James Gunn, presents a dystopian future where Hedonics, Inc., a corporation that commodifies happiness, rules society. With a team of psychologists and self-improvement coaches, Hedonics ensures universal happiness, even mandating it by law. However, this artificial utopia reveals a stagnant society questioning the ultimate goal of unbridled pleasure. The novel also touches on the moral implications of such a system, including an AI-controlled city on Venus designed to keep its human colonists in a state of manufactured well-being. Echoing the works of Philip K. Dick, The Joy Makers raises unsettling questions about personal agency and the nature of reality in a world obsessed with artificial happiness. Originally published in 1961 by Bantam as a paperback original; this first UK edition and first hardcover edition was published later, in 1963, by Gollancz. This copy is a publisher's retained "file copy" with stamp to the front pastedown, title page, and rear panel of the dust-jacket. The jacket includes the uncommon "Choice for September" white wrap-around band.

Hardcover. First U.K. Edition, First Printing. Octavo, red paper-covered boards with gilt lettering on spine. London: Gollancz, 1963. #10680.
Corners folded over on a few of the final pages and one minor ding to the bottom edge of boards, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket with slight wear at crown of spine.