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Preferred Risk

by Lester del Rey and Frederik Pohl

Cover artist: Richard Powers

Publisher: Dell

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 40¢


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Cover tagline

Winner of the Galaxy-Simon & Schuster Science-Fiction Contest

"Fast ... wry ... ingenious. Zips along the broad highway charted by George Orwell in 1984"
Time Magazine

Back cover text

The company was a powerful, efficient, and monstrous organization that controlled the entire world, scientifically regulating everything in life: war, epidemics, one-a-day food pills and test-tube sex ... all through the use of its patented, terrifying human deep-freeze vault

An extraordinary, prophetic novel of the world of tomorrow from an ingenious mind of today.

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Interior text

It was all a matter of viewpoint

"To me, the clinics were emblems of the Company's concern for the world. In any imaginable disaster — even if some fantastic plague struck the entire race at once — the affected population could be neatly and effectively preserved until medicine could catch up with their cures.

"To Rena, they were prisons big enough to hold the race.

"It was time to find out which of us was right."