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The Air Trust

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The Air Trust

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Author: George Allan England
Publisher: Dodo Press, 2005
Hyperion Press, 1976
Original English publication, 1915
Series: Hyperion Classics of Science Fiction: Book 51
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Mundane SF
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From the foreword to the 1915 edition: This book is the result of an attempt to carry the monopolistic principle to its logical conclusion.

Isaac Flint, a greedy billionaire businessman, plots to extract oxygen from the air and then sell it back to people if they want to live. Through bribes, blackmail and threats, he forces a group of scientists to develop a means of extracting the oxygen and forces politicians to cooperate with his plan. Soon, surrounded by a private army of guards to prevent the outraged populace from stopping him, Flint has "cornered" the oxygen market, and people everywhere have no choice but to pay for the air they breathe--or see themselves and their families die for lack of oxygen.


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