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Sometime around the 1980s, I recall reading one of my father's 'mass market paperback' science fiction novels. The book was showing its age even then, so it's likely to have come from the 60s or 70s.


The basic idea of the story was that rich people had a ways of saving time not available to the 'great unwashed', and the saved time could be saved, in a 'bank'. When sufficient saved time was accumulated, the saver could have an extra day, which was conventionally taken between Saturday and Sunday. When the saver 'took' the day, it seemed to be in a world/universe/'phase-of-existance'/somethingorother which was just like the Real World, except that only the people 'taking the day' were there.

The story centered around someone who somehow managed to convince one of the rich people that he was one of them, for social reasons, and he learned about this time-banking scheme during the course of the story, and somehow made it public.

  • I've tried to be a bit more distinct about the years/dates. – Valorum Apr 5 '17 at 11:47
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    You might want to have a read of "How to ask a good story-ID question?" to see if you can come up with any additional details. – Valorum Apr 5 '17 at 11:47
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    Can you recall the protagonist? Can you recall any character names? How did the "bank" work? What form did the eighth day take? Was this a full-length novel or a short story? How did he make the information public? What was the result when he made it public? Did anyone believe him? – Valorum Apr 5 '17 at 11:49
  • Edited with a little more detail on using the saved time. – Jeff Zeitlin Apr 5 '17 at 11:54
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This is the 1973 novel "Where were you last Pluterday?" by Paul van Herck

The wikipedia description seems to fit quite nicely

The theme in the book is Pluterday, an extra day in the week which can be withdrawn if one saves enough time (e.g. by taking a plane instead of a train). Only the rich can save enough time and thus Pluterday is in practice reserved for the "happy few", resulting in a class society. The existence of Pluterdays is kept secret to non-privileged people.

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    Surprised this hasn't been turned into a movie yet. – DisturbedNeo Apr 5 '17 at 15:34
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    @DisturbedNeo - The plot reminded me of a mixture of "In Time" and "The Adjustment Bureau". – Valorum Apr 5 '17 at 15:41
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    In Time was exactly what I was thinking about when I commented. – DisturbedNeo Apr 5 '17 at 16:07
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    Direct hit, Valorum - as soon as I saw "Pluterday" in the title, it rang a bell VERY LOUDLY. Did a bit of googling, and this image matches the cover I recall. – Jeff Zeitlin Apr 5 '17 at 16:37
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    Fun fact: ploutos originally (in pre-history) meant "flowing" -- English words like flow, fly, and fleet (in the sense of "quick") descend from it -- but evolved to mean "rich" some 5000 years ago. The words plutocracy and plutocrat survive from that period. Hades, the god of the Underworld, was also called Pluto, since all the wealth of the Earth belonged to him. "Pluterday" is a translation of "Plutertag", rich-day, a coinage of the author, so far as I know. – Malvolio Apr 5 '17 at 17:04

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