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Subject: Science Fiction Novel
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: bazookajoe-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 27 Apr 2006 17:21 PDT
Expires: 27 May 2006 17:21 PDT
Question ID: 723521
Looking for the title of a science fiction book I read perhaps 30
years ago in which there were something called "Forever Cars." As I
recall, the story was about an advanced race, perhaps aliens, who were
able to manufacture things that would last essentially forever.
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Subject: Re: Science Fiction Novel
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 27 Apr 2006 17:35 PDT
 
Your novel is Clifford D. Simak's "Ring Around the Sun."

From Chapter 36 of "Ring Around the Sun":

"First you shattered the economic system on which old Earth was built.
You shattered it with Forever cars and everlasting razor blades and
with synthetic carbohydrates that would feed the hungry. You destroyed
industry by producing, once and for all, things that industry could
not duplicate and things that made industry obsolete and when you
shattered industry to a certain point, war was irnpossible and half
the job was done."

Parallel Worlds of Clifford D. Simak
http://www.natur.cuni.cz/~vpetr/Simak5.htm

"Ring Around the Sun... 
The hero is Jay Vickers, a writer living in upstate New York... Jay is
called to New York to meet with a man who wants him to write an exposť
of some new products that have been showing up. These are things like
a razor blade that never wears out, a light bulb that never burns out,
and, most radically, a car that will run forever: the Forever car.
George Crawford represents an industry group that is afraid of the
effect of these products on the world's economy, and he wants Jay to
write articles about the danger. But Jay distrusts Crawford and
refuses. Then his friend Horton Flanders disappears, and suddenly
people seem suspicious of Jay himself. And of anyone involved with the
Forever car and the other new products."

Ace Double Reviews, 62: Ring Around the Sun
http://www.sff.net/people/richard.horton/aced62.htm

Both hardback and paperback copies are readily available:

Amazon: Ring Around the Sun (paperback)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0881848522

Amazon: Ring Around the Sun (hardcover)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/8435020851

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: simak "forever car OR cars"
://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=simak+%22forever+car+OR+cars%22

I hope this is the book you're looking for! If not, please request
clarification; I'll be glad to offer further assistance before you
rate my answer.

Best regards,
pinkfreud
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