By the author of Rosemary’s
Baby, a horrifying journey into a future only Ira Levin could imagine
Considered one of the great dystopian novels—alongside
Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange
and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World—Ira
Levin’s frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even
forty years after publication.
The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society.
Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic
groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “the Family.” The
world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to
keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are
continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they can never
realize their potential as human beings, but will remain satisfied and
cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, and when
to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp’s will—men
do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at
With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the
science fiction genre, This Perfect Day
is one of Ira Levin’s most haunting novels. Download and start listening now!