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m1r0k0v from Nebraska is reading Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes February 8, 2012 - 4:26pm

So I'm working on a story about a world with overpopulation and highly advanced medicine, like mostly anything is curable. Does anybody know of books with similar themes? I've already picked up The Postmortal and I'm just looking for a few more.

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Lerxt In Wonderland from Iowa is reading Brave New World + The Tempest February 13, 2012 - 7:22pm

I too have a story in the works involving similar ideas. William Gibson's Neuromancer explores these themes a bit, but not as heavily as others like A.I. and cyberspace. Still a recommended read though.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit February 13, 2012 - 8:13pm

There's a great short story you can read for free online at Lightspeed Magazine, called "Jenny's Sick," by David Tallerman. One of the best short stories I've read in the past couple years.

Excerpt:

It’s a cold day in February, and Jenny’s sick again.

I ask what it is this time and she just looks at me with ghastly eyes, staring out from over swollen, purpling flesh. She’s sitting bolt upright, propped by pillows, and there’s so much sweat everywhere that it’s like condensation in a steam room. I’ve seen her look bad before but never quite this bad. Where did she get this shit? How long is it going to last this time?

I can’t be the one to deal with this. We’ve been living together for maybe two years; we started sleeping together and ended friends, but mainly we just hit it off, and sharing a place seemed a good idea. I thought we had things in common then, that maybe we were going the same places. But I’m looking to finish studying as soon as possible, to carve out a career, and I have no idea what Jenny wants.

Maybe she just wants to die.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel February 14, 2012 - 3:15am
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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 14, 2012 - 5:33am

You could always go the eugenicist route, i.e. Gattaca. I thought of taking a Darwinian world view over the cliff. It would be an evil, sick, twisted, fun read. 

 

Another example would  be Idiocracy. Enders game is a little similar, so is Brave New World by Huxley. 

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day February 14, 2012 - 4:22pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_the_Monkey_House_(short_story)