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Status Quo

Mack Reynolds

Book Overview: 

The things a man believes in are practical things -- objective, useful-to-him things, really. So he will, of course, when forced to it sacrifice all his beliefs for the "things" he believes in!

The Boss's reception secretary looked up when Lawrence Woolford entered the anteroom where she presided. "Hello, Larry," she said. "Hear they called your vacation short. Darn shame."

The boss apologized, too. "I am sorry to cut short your vacation, Lawrence. I considered giving Walter Foster the assignment, but I think you're the better choice."

Larry decided the faint praise routine was the best tactic, said earnestly about his closest rival. "Walt's a good man, sir." And then, "What's the crisis?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I haven't even met her yet. Take care of it, will you?”

“Sure enough, Larry.”

He followed Steve and the girl to his office.

Once seated, the girl and Steve in the only two extra chairs the cubicle boasted and Larry behind his desk, he looked at her in what he hoped was reassurance. “Just tell us where you got the money, Zusanette.”

Steve reached out a hand suddenly and took her bag from her lap. She gasped and snatched at it, but he eluded her and she sat back, her chin trembling again.

Steve came up with a thick sheaf of bills, the top ones, at least, all fifties and tossed them to Larry's desk. He took out a school pass and read, “Susan Self, Elwood Avenue.” He looked up at Larry and said, “That's right off Eastern, near Paterson Park in the Baltimore section of town, isn't it?”

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Community Reviews

Sci fi political thriller.

An interesting idea on how to re-organize the United States and its social systems. Timothy mcviegh attempted to destroy so records in Oklahoma with limited success. Even three thousand agents wouldn't be enough? Still an interesting thought.

Some sci-fi, a little mystery, and some secret service work... Enjoy...more

When I started reading this story, a Hugo Award-winner, I was a little surprised at how it did not feel like a typical science fiction offering. We meet Larry Woolford as he is leaving his house to go to the office. He is supposed to be on vacation, but The Boss has called him in because of a situat

A good little story about the dangers of relying on credentials without basis rather than observable qualities such as honesty, integrity, intelligence and effectiveness in their position that good judgement can be based on. Written 50 years ago we're still dealing with this problem, possibly even m