The Plot

(Critical Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Criminal lawyer Charles Mundin, scraping by on the fringes of a decent life, is contacted by Don and Norma Lavin, 25 percent owners of G.M.L. Corporation, which makes the bubble-house, decent societys ubiquitous housing. G.M.L. double-crossed Don and Norma’s father, inventor of the bubble-house, using his “invention” to manipulate the housing industry. Their father committed suicide. Only through a G.M.L. error did control of their fathers stock come to them. Because G.M.L. cannot risk snatching the stock certificates and trying to explain a forced sale, it kidnaps and brainwashes Don Lavin, the only one who knows where the original stock is hidden.

Norvie Bligh, whom Mundin knows, is a worker who helps produce Field Days, bloody extravaganzas designed to pacify the underside of societys pent-up frustrations. He is double-crossed, fired, and jailed. Mundin bails him out. Blighs company notifies G.M.L., which immediately shuts down the Blighs bubble-house systems. Bligh morosely moves his wife and daughter to Belly Rave, the New York City slum where the citys have-nots must live. He learns Belly Rave survival techniques and resigns himself to a grimy existence.

Norma Lavin arranges for Harry Ryan to be attorney-of-record for the Lavins case. He is a dope-addled old corporate lawyer living in Belly Rave, but he is brilliant when lucid. Mundin acts as point man. They will buy one share of stock and find out when and where the next G.M.L. stockholders meeting is. Mundin will show up to sow discontent and...

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