Books: E Pluribus Uni

THIS PERFECT DAY by Ira Levin. 309 pages. Random House. $6.95.

This novel, the author's first since Rosemary's Baby, has odd minor fascinations—like the work of a soap sculptor or a first-rate Christmas cookie frost-er. It is set a couple of centuries hence and rather predictably envisions mankind living passive and at peace under the tutelage of a gigantic computer named Uni. It doles out compulsory, will-killing drugs and makes the major decisions of every man's life. Yet the characters seem more pompous than drugged. The plot, despite a few captivating wrinkles, is the...

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