The Great Gray Plague

By: Raymond F. Jones
Published By: Double9 Books
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"The Great Gray Plague" is a science fiction short story written by Raymond F. Jones. This riveting story depicts a futuristic civilization coping with the implications of unrestrained technological progress. The plot is set in a dystopian future and revolves around a society that has become overly reliant on technology. The Electronic Analyst, a machine, has taken on the task of controlling the populous, making critical decisions for humanity. When a devastating sickness known as the Great Gray Plague strikes, however, the Electronic Analyst is unable to locate a cure. Panic follows as society recognizes its vulnerability in the absence of human expertise. As the plot progresses, themes such as the dehumanizing consequences of technology and the perils of leaning too heavily on machines for decision-making emerge. It serves as a cautionary story about the dangers of ceding too much power to technology, as well as the value of human inventiveness and flexibility. Raymond F. Jones creates a thought-provoking novel that prompts readers to consider the role of technology in our lives as well as the delicate balance between automation and human agency. "The Great Gray Plague" is a timeless investigation of the dangers of a technologically dependent civilization, reminding us of the value of maintaining our humanity in an increasingly automated world.

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Raymond F. Jones

Raymond Fisher Jones (15 November 1915 – 24 January 1994) was a science fiction author from the United States. He is most known for his 1952 novel This Island Earth, which was made into the 1955 film of the same name. Jones was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1994, he died in Sandy, Utah. The majority of Jones' short fiction was published in publications such as Thrilling Wonder Stories, Astounding Stories, and Galaxy during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Between 1951 and 1978, he authored sixteen novels. His short tale "Rat Race," which initially appeared in the April 1966 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, received a Hugo Award nomination. "Correspondence Course," which first appeared in the April 1945 issue of Astounding Stories, was nominated for a Retro Hugo award for best short story in 1996. Another short story, "The Alien Machine," which first appeared in the June 1949 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories, was later combined with two other short stories, "The Shroud of Secrecy" and "The Greater Conflict," and expanded into the novel This Island Earth, which inspired the film of the same name.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 66Pages
  • ISBN-10:9359324248
  • ISBN-13:9789359324241
  • Item Weight: 99g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 4.13mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Science / General