| Roy Walton finds himself with the power of life and death over all the people of the world. Now if he can only keep from getting killed... The brand-new Bureau of Population Equalization is lurching from disaster to disaster as it begins its desperate mission to save an overbreeding humanity from itself. But don't worry. Roy has a secret plan. In fact, he has dozens of them!
State-ordered infanticide, a hundred thousand Belgians shipped to Patagonia, the boss assassinated, one brother lovingly blackmailing another, the Venus expedition lost, the press howling for blood-it's just another day at the office for Roy Walton, assistant administrator of Popeek-the brand-new Bureau of Population Equalization.!
'Silverberg's success in maintaining complete clarity and narrative drive while manipulating unnumbered plots and complex concepts is a technical triumph, and results in a lively and enjoyable book.'
-Anthony Boucher, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction