[PW] Searching for the name of a Science Fiction work

Sherman, James jsherman at lapl.org
Sun Dec 13 19:55:38 PST 2020

The patron agrees with you! Thank you so much.

On Friday, December 11, 2020, Fred W. Helenius <fredh at ix.netcom.com> wrote:

> On 12/11/2020 8:31 PM, Sherman, James wrote:
>> Hello -- I have a patron who is searching for the name of an adult science
>> fiction title that was read before 1990 and features a main character who
>> lives in NYC over which the powers-that-be are building a dome.
>> Main character "commits a crime (possibly a thrill seeker like climbing
>> buildings) and is sentenced to community service. One job he ends up with
>> is as a rat catcher or exterminator.  The process of building the dome is
>> very prominent in the story. As part of the building process teams of
>> exterminators scour the city in order to remove all the pests.  It also
>> explored community service as rehabilitation or to pay off one's debt to
>> society. The main character figures out that the system works to his
>> advantage if he doesn't wait for an assignment to be given to him, but if
>> he shows up asking for an assignment he gets paid better and more credit
>> towards his sentence. He completes his community service and moves to the
>> moon where he learns to fly in low gravity."
> I think this is likely to be a slightly garbled recollection of "The Years
> of the City" (1984) by Frederik Pohl.  The novel is a set of five related
> stories about the future history of New York City, including building a
> dome.  The protagonist of one of the stories is sentenced to community
> service (which includes rat removal) for illegal hang gliding.  However,
> his final flight is still on Earth; no one goes to the moon.
> --
> Fred W. Helenius
> fredh at ix.netcom.com
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