Punch-Card Novel

HURRY SUNDOWN by K. B. Gilden. 1046 pages. Doubleday. $7.95.

The decisive breakthrough came with the test run of Doubleday's giant FIBS (Fiction Imitating Bestseller Simulator). On that historic day, the white-smocked experts loaded the memory banks with the full texts of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Gone With the Wind, selected Faulkner, and the collected works of Erskine Caldwell. They programmed the machine with biographies of key characters. They set it for 1947 in rural Georgia, turned the sex dial to "low," and punched the button marked "1,000 pages." The highspeed printer began to chatter . . .

That day may be closer than...

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