Some years ago (15?) I read a book about a world populated by individuals who only communicated by viewing holograms of each other. They could not stand to be physically together. Can anyone help me remember the author/book title? I'd love to reference it in class.

  • Are you sure it was specifically holograms, rather than something else like videoscreens? People use an audiovisual system, and mostly hate actual contact, in The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster. – Hypnosifl Oct 5 '14 at 19:51
  • Do you remember any other details of the book? A plot detail, a character, even the cover? As it stands, this could cover several works I can think of. – Avner Shahar-Kashtan Oct 5 '14 at 19:51
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/224963/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer) – Otis Dec 25 '19 at 16:45

Could this be Asimov's The Naked Sun, which depicts the planet Solaria, a society of Spacers who abhor physical contact or proximity?

The book focuses on the unusual traditions and culture of Solarian society: the planet has a rigidly controlled population of twenty thousand, and robots outnumber humans ten thousand to one, whereas people are strictly taught from birth to despise personal contact, and live on huge estates, either alone or with their spouse only. Communication is done via holographic telepresence (called viewing, as opposed to in-person seeing).

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  • Solaria is also visited in Foundation and Earth. – Kris Harper Oct 6 '14 at 13:13
  • Yes, but there is no communication via hologram then because all the inhabitants (save one) are dead. – Daniel Roseman Oct 6 '14 at 13:27
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    Yeah, sorry, didn't mean for that to be an alternate answer, just a comment for anyone interested. Also, they're not all dead, we just only see one, but he's quite clear that there are others—about 1,200 I think. – Kris Harper Oct 6 '14 at 14:30

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