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by Charles Platt

  • ISBN: 0861300238
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Charles Platt
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Savoy Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 1968)
  • Pages: 166 pages
  • FB2 size: 1649 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 493
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Prevailing winds mean that it contaminates much of the southern half of the UK, sending everyone's sex hormones into overdrive while simultaneously lowering any inhibitions people might have preventing them from acting on their urges, and not surprisingly, civilisation implodes under the effects into orgy of perversion and violence.

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Charles Platt (born 26 April 1945) is an author, journalist and computer programmer. He relocated from England to the United States during 1970, is a naturalized . Platt is the nephew of Robert Platt, Baron Platt of Grindleford. Platt's novel The Silicon Man has been endorsed by William Gibson as "A plausible, well-crafted narrative exploring cyberspace in a wholly new and very refreshing way".

He created a unique look for New Worlds magazine at the same time that it was publishing his stories, including the grimly predictive "Lone Zone" and the comedic "Garbage World.

The Gas. by Charles Platt. Select Format: Paperback. ISBN13:9780861300235. Release Date:May 1968.

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The book's iconoclastic energy and its insistence on violating every taboo have earned it a unique, enduring status. It's the sort of book that when reading makes ya cringe, put down, then look at with furtive glances and pick up again just to get even more grossed out!"

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Somewhat iconic kinky sci-fi story.
Reviews about The Gas (4):
Cala
I read this on the recommendation of an aquaintance. The author's idea is to explore what might happen if everyone's sexual inhibitions were eliminated by "the gas". I didn't find it very interesting. Mostly it's just porno. I wasn't offended, just bored. Platt has matured since he wrote this - his later stuff is much better.
Adrietius
Very few books are truly worth the adjective `notorious', but Charles Platt's The Gas might just be one of them. Originally written in the late 1960s for an imprint owned by Maurice Girodias - the publisher behind such classics as Tropic of Cancer and Lolita - it would be easy to dismiss it as a work of extreme pornography, and it is this reputation which led to copies of its 1980 reprinting initially being seized in the UK on grounds of obscenity, but there is, I think, something more to it than that. I'm not going to claim that it's in the same ranking as the two works I mentioned above, but the events described are, in places, so extreme as to defy definition as mundane means of arousal.

The plot is flimsy affair involving the escape of the mysterious gas of the title escaping from a secret laboratory somewhere in the south of England. Prevailing winds mean that it contaminates much of the southern half of the UK, sending everyone's sex hormones into overdrive while simultaneously lowering any inhibitions people might have preventing them from acting on their urges, and not surprisingly, civilisation implodes under the effects into orgy of perversion and violence. We witness these events through the eyes of Vincent, a scientist from the laboratory, seeking to escape to the relative safety of Scotland with his family. The scene is thus set for the description of a quite extraordinary gamut of sexualities: from commonplace heterosexual intercourse, through homosexuality, to incest and bestiality; and perversions ranging from coprophilia and cannibalism to ritual murder.

There is no doubting the extremity of the events and scenes described, but Platt lifts his work out of the realm of simplistic debauchery through careful choices of the characters with whom Vincent interacts: a priest, a young female hitchhiker, a science student; and by setting the climactic events of the novel in Cambridge, in and around the university. This enables him to inject a strong element of social satire into the novel, as each character reacts to the gas according to his, or her, type: the hitchhiker with the murderous fury of the oppressed, the scientist with a cold sadism worthy of Dr Mengele, and so forth. Through it all, Vincent just tries to survive, and avoid being dehumanised by the events he witnesses, and the acts he is forced to commit to get himself, and his family, to safety. Whether or not he succeeds is left open at the work's strikingly ambiguous conclusion, which challenges readers to make their own judgement.

Overall, then, The Gas is definitely not for the timid, or easily offended, but nor will it do much for those simply seeking a quick thrill - and a careful reading can be thought provoking.
Whiteflame
Incredibly perverse, absurd and blackly funny at times. There's something to offend everyone here, though whether a book filled with scathing, over-the-top social commentary is reducible to "porno" is another issue. Honestly, I'm happy that such works occasionally test the boundaries of free speech (U.K. fails, U.S. passes). The wild reactions in reviews of this book are explained in a quote from Octavio Paz,"I don't believe that there are dangerous writers: the danger of certain books is not in the books themselves but in the passions of their readers." There is much that is disturbing in The Gas, as can be seen from some of the troubled and disingenuous reviews here. This is a book that pushes the outer limits. It's my understanding that its author won't comment on this book.
Hap
i first read this book when i was working at a popular bookstore in a mall. the store did not stock this book so my coworkers and i had to special order it. we all bought a copy and within the first chapter we were gripping our stomachs. we were laughing so hard that it hurt, but at the same time, we were totally nauseated! this book is very graphic, so if you are offended by extreme sexual situations (including taboo/illegal ones to boot), you don't want to pick up this novel. the book actually came with a plain, brown wrapper to hide the pornographic images on the front cover. i read the entire book, wasn't turned on at all, but at the same time wasn't turned off. this book just made me laugh out loud. i wish i still had it, but I gave it to a college friend so he could read it on his trip back to Chicago. I heard it was banned in much of Europe and was an underground sensation in the 70's here in the US. Buy it for the novelty, not for the story...

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