The 'I'm Looking for a Book/Film' Thread

Zeke Newbold

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We seem to have had quite a few random posts where people are seeking to rediscover a book they read or film they saw, etc, but have forgotten its title. (NB Not to be confused with people asking for recommendations - which is a different thing and has its own thread). I thought that maybe it was time for a thread for this purpose
(Mods: if we already have one - merge this, obviously).

So let me kick off:

It was a science fiction novel that I read in the late Eighties (let's say 1987 or thereabouts). The author is/was not a big name in the field. I don't even recall the title of the novel. I'm pretty sure it was American.

It was set in the nearish future and concerned the lives of two traffic cops. In this future there was a great deal more traffic all throughout the day and night - and their task was to monitor a very long highway that had a vast volume of cars veering past in both directions.

That's more or less it: the life and times of two future traffic cops. There was probably some story to it more than just that but I think it may have been just some crime caper that just happened to be set in the future.

The novel was published by a publishing house which made a point in specialising in proper `hard science fiction` (a sort of nostalgic kickback against the semi-fantasy affairs that were flooding the market at that time, I suppose). I have also forgotten the name of the publishers, but it began with `V (Vers.Vero.Venture...something like that).

I remember that the novel reminded me of Robert Heinlein insofar as it was a bit sentimental about the role of police in society (it idolised them a bit) and there was a older man/younger guy mentoring thing going on between the two cops. It was quite a depressing read actually - with a bleak vision of the future (albeit one the author seemed to be comfortable with) but was also stimulating (I mean how many novels are there about future traffic police?)

Any suggestions welcome.

[Edited the title for clarity]
 
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ramonmercado

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We seem to have had quite a few random posts where people are seeking to rediscover a book they read or film they saw, etc, but have forgotten its title. (NB Not to be confused with people asking for recommendations - which is a different thing and has its own thread). I thought that maybe it was time for a thread for this purpose
(Mods: if we already have one - merge this, obviously).

So let me kick off:

It was a science fiction novel that I read in the late Eighties (let's say 1987 or thereabouts). The author is/was not a big name in the field. I don't even recall the title of the novel. I'm pretty sure it was American.

It was set in the nearish future and concerned the lives of two traffic cops. In this future there was a great deal more traffic all throughout the day and night - and their task was to monitor a very long highway that had a vast volume of cars veering past in both directions.

That's more or less it: the life and times of two future traffic cops. There was probably some story to it more than just that but I think it may have been just some crime caper that just happened to be set in the future.

The novel was published by a publishing house which made a point in specialising in proper `hard science fiction` (a sort of nostalgic kickback against the semi-fantasy affairs that were flooding the market at that time, I suppose). I have also forgotten the name of the publishers, but it began with `V (Vers.Vero.Venture...something like that).

I remember that the novel reminded me of Robert Heinlein insofar as it was a bit sentimental about the role of police in society (it idolised them a bit) and there was a older man/younger guy mentoring thing going on between the two cops. It was quite a depressing read actually - with a bleak vision of the future (albeit one the author seemed to be comfortable with) but was also stimulating (I mean how many novels are there about future traffic police?)

Any suggestions welcome.

[Edited the title for clarity]

I read that novel but I'm struggling to remember the title or author. The cops lived on board their vehicle for several days at a time as they patrolled the super-highways.
 

Zeke Newbold

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Whoa! Many thanks Ramon!

I am surprised to see that it was written in the sixties. When I read it, it felt very contemporary, as I recall.

Must seek it out.
 
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