THE GIRL WAS SPRAWLED OUT ON THE FLOOR IN THE LIVING ROOM OF HIS APARTMENT. So begins Joe Clifford Faust's classic science fiction thriller, which has entertained both SF and non-SF readers since its release nearly 25 years ago. Originally published as a paperback original by Del Rey Books,...
Family: The theme of family is found in many of Faust's novels; in this instance, the potential family that Payne could have had with Trinina and their child has been broken up by the governmental education system.
Love triangle: Most of Faust's novels feature a love triangle of some kind to add additional tension to the protagonist's life. In this case, Payne finds himself torn between Myra and Trinina.
Near future: Faust is known for his writing richly detailed and highly plausible near future scenarios.
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