I am looking for a book about an extremely overpopulated world where caring was a liability. It's a love story of how these two people manage to care for each other in that world. It's also about ruthlessness really. I'm trying to find the author and/or the title. There were also outsiders that weren't part of the main system that was featured somehow. I think it was so overpopulated that they had to sleep in shifts.

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    You should attempt to add more info and some of the stuff doesn't seem pertinent. Like maybe you should get rid of " ....where caring was a liability" or clear it up a little. Because it seemed a bit confusing. – Pobrecita Jul 17 '14 at 5:00
  • This could almost be Harry Harrison's "Make Room, Make Room" (1966) (cf. Soylent Green). There were a few 'haves' and many more 'have nots', but I recall no 'outsiders'. – ImaginaryEvents Jul 17 '14 at 13:39
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    Possible dupe: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/12631/… – Valorum Jul 17 '14 at 16:41

This sounds like Philip Jose Farmer's noted short story "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World", which he later used as the inspiration for his "Dayworld" series. Both are about a future in which everyone sleeps in stasis except one day a week as a solution to overpopulation. The original short story is a thwarted romance between two people who live on different days. I don't remember reading the novel, but according to Wikipedia it features a group of outsiders trying to change the system.


This sounds like The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert.

"She'd been taught by loving parents (who'd concealed their love behind exquisite cruelty)".

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    Maybe you should tell where the quote came from, is it your quote or is it from the book. – Pobrecita Jul 20 '14 at 3:38
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    Based on Wikipedia, it is a cruel world with overpopulation and one where two people find their way together, not sure about the rest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dosadi_Experiment – FuzzyBoots Jul 20 '14 at 10:44

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