Caves of steel was one that struck me as wellThe Jew thing being mostly a joke, I have to admit that something that's been stuck in my head for awhile now is the sheer premise and world of The Naked Sun.
A world where human beings are so absolutely repulsed by each other that they isolate themselves to the point where a few seconds of interaction with another person is revolting and traumatizing. The whole thing sounds like a bad SNL sketch about antisocial weirdos. Then his son gets picked up for CP, living alone in some random apartment complex on $3000 a month. Even his prosecutors said he never talked to anyone, never showed interest in anyone, never interacted with anyone unless he had to.
Now we're all living in an age where people don't like venturing outside and everybody under the age of 30 lives on their computer. If The Naked Sun included an edgy hot take on pedophilia, it would pretty much be a snapshot of the actual future we're living in. That book actually scares the shit out of me even worse than 1984 or Brave New World ever could because it seems to be the most accurate and the lunatic who wrote it knows what he was talking about.
Over thirty of the fifty Outer Worlds, including my native Aurora, were directly colonized by Earthmen. Is colonization no longer possible?” “Well …” “No answer? Let me suggest that if it is no longer possible, it is because of the development of City culture on Earth. Before the Cities, human life on Earth wasn’t so specialized that they couldn’t break loose and start all over on a raw world. They did it thirty times. But now, Earthmen are all so coddled, so enwombed in their imprisoning caves of steel, that they are caught forever.”