by Walter S. Tevis (Published by Doubleday)
Nominated for Best Novel in 1980
The future is a grim place in which the declining human population wanders drugged and lulled by electronic bliss. It’s a world without art, reading and children, a world that people would rather burn themselves alive than endure.
Even Spofforth, the most perfect machine ever created, cannot bear it and seeks only that which he cannot have – to cease to be. But there is hope for the future in the passion and joy that a man and woman discover in love and in books, hope even for Spofforth.
A haunting novel, reverberating with anguish but also celebrating love and the magic of a dream.