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Greener Than You Think

Ward Moore

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Do remember reading a panic-mongering news story a while back about genetically engineered “Frankengrass” “escaping” from the golf course where it had been planted? That news story was foreshadowed decades previously in the form of prophetic fiction wherein a pushy salesman, a cash-strapped scientist, and a clump of crabgrass accidentally merge forces with apocalyptic consequences. A triple-genre combo of science fiction, horror, and satire, Greener Than You Think is a forgotten classic that resonates beautifully with modern times.

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Book Excerpt: 
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Gootes shook his head and I strained my eyes toward the grass. Symmetrical and shimmeringly green, removed as it now was from all connotations of danger by distance and the promise of immediate destruction, it showed serenely beautiful and unaffected by the machinations of its attackers. I could almost have wept as I traced its sloping sides upward to the rounded peak on top. Reversing all previous impressions, it now appeared to be the natural inhabitant and al. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Greener Than You Think is a satire rather than an adventure story. One plant (a Bermuda grass treated with a special growth chemical) slowly spreads across California and beyond, swallowing cities and making vast tracks of land uninhabitable.

One challenge with this book is that the narrator, Albert

anticapitalist, feminist satire better than it has any right to be. posthuman sublime rarely rendered better. highly, highly recommended.

This was a book that took me a while to read. It's not because is not interesting but because from the second half of the novel it drags a little and it's the same thing over and over again.

Basiclly the plot is a apocalpytic fiction but not the usual types out there. It was not a war, a plague, ali

Alguna vez escuche que ver la hierba creecer en un dia de verano era la cosa mas aburrida del mundo pero dentro de esta historia podemos ver como esto acaba siendo algo muy interesante y la vista de Ward Moore sobre la humanidad cuando enfrente la catastrofe definitiva (?).

Que pasaría si en la tierra brotarán brotes verdes sin control. Este es el planteamiento inicial que nos propone el señor Moore en su novela "Más verde de lo que creéis" una historia apocalíptica que no deja en muy buen lugar al ser humano. Contada de una forma un tanto pulp se convierte en una lect

When I was a teenager I had a poster on my wall. It was a black and white picture of a beautiful Native American woman, and a text at the bottom half which said: "Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only t

Another addition to my post-apocalypse library.

Originally published in 1947, this particular end-of-the-world scenario comes about due to a compound (the Metamorphosizer!) designed to increase the yield in food crops. The main character (I can't bring myself to call him a protagonist...he's not a go

This book. It was fascinating. It was hilarious. I loved the writing, the characters, and the creativity of the unusual problem of grass taking over the world.
It was originally published in 1947. The attitudes and prejudices, "'A woman scientist, ay? Funny things women'll do when they can't get a ma

Albert Weener, el cínico y mezquino narrador de la historia, es un vendedor puerta a puerta contratado por la doctora Francis para que venda su producto: el Metamorfoseador, que es capaz de mejorar sustancialmente el crecimiento de las gramíneas como medio para combatir el hambre en el mundo. Pero A

When I read this book I couldn't help juxtaposing the story to Jonathan Christopher's "The Death of Grass", another apocalyptic SF novel in which the agent of mankind's destruction is grass. Only this time, instead of grass dying out, it is doing quite the opposite. It is taking over everything else

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