Disposable People was a paperback original published by Tower Books in 1980, which is the very edition that caught my eye. The cover successfully, if a bit psychotically, incorporates several elements in to a whole. The background is a spooky dark green and black, and how can you walk away from the doctor’s half face, half skull? The artist: Bob Larkin.
The opening paragraph:
“The somber-faced man in green stood at the lectern on the small stage, throat mike looped under his chin, watching the audience file in. There were about thirty men and half a dozen women, all wearing ordinary street clothes except for a sprinkling of military uniforms, and all with tense and solemn expressions. After they were seated the only sound in the auditorium was a whisper of chilled, filtered air being pumped six stories underground.”