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Copernick's Rebellion Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1987


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345340337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345340337
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,514,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

We are happy to republish Copernick’s Rebellion because it is better now than when it was first published almost 25 years ago. At the time, genetic engineering was only for science fiction and then only for very speculative science fiction. Everyone knew that someday, somewhere, we would have corn that resisted rot and tomatoes that stayed fresh longer than usual, but no one would have believed trees that grew golden apples and engineered sentient bio-beings. We knew the theory about DNA, but did not have the sequence for even the simplest bacteria. Now, in the real world, you can order mice with genes that glow in the dark when activated. Want to research a gene? Phone the lab and they will splice in a bioluminescence gene along with the one that you want to research. $20,000 and they will breed you a litter of custom mice with genes that glow. We now have sequenced an entire human genome, decoded the rat and several other species. It is only a matter of time before we can build a person from scratch. The problem is now only complexity, not science. When we decide to build a self aware bio-organism, we’ll do it. Twenty five years ago, this book was a hard sell for a new author. Now it is current. Virtually everything in this book is possible, from the tree houses, to the trees with golden apples, to the fauns. Come look at a future that is more possible now than when it was written. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"So what’s your specialty?" Guibedo asked the creature. "Unarmed combat with a minor in sociology, my lord." The Labor and Defense Unit crowded closer to the left-hand wall of the tunnel. Other LDU’s with empty baskets were passing them at an astounding speed. "Pretty quick your buddies are. But I don’t understand the ‘unarmed combat.’ If you were expecting trouble, why go unarmed?" "My Lord, I meant no external armament." From a slot above each wrist, a bayonetlike claw extended out to a foot past the knuckles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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When the two scientists unleash metal-eating microbes, the compost really hits the fan.
Melissa McCauley
This book has great idea's ,which mite happen if Christian's where not so busy trying to stop, anything good to come from science!
JAMES VALESH
This is a great story, a lot of fun to read, and it gives you a great deal to think about.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melissa McCauley VINE VOICE on May 6, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1940, thirty year-old Martin Guibedo escaped Germany with his only surviving family member, his crippled five year-old nephew Heinrich Copernick. Both men became masters of genetic engineering, Martin specializing in plants, and his nephew Heinrich in animal life forms.

Martin designs and freely distributes his proud creation to save the human race, tree houses. These houses are literally trees, genetically modified to have rooms, beds, chairs, cupboards that grow food, and of course, composting toilets. A tiny problem develops when the first version of the house eats its occupants. Oops. Heinrich's big creations are LDUs, sentient worker beasts that look like walking tables with eight eyes; fauns, cute little half girls-half goats who educate and care for human young; and TRACs, large sentient creatures designed to act in the stead of trucks or buses.

When the dynamic duo's designs begin to interfere with the status quo of the major political and economic powers of the earth; of course it means war. Heinrich, when not genetically modifying himself into a giant stud-muffin and growing his own Pam Anderson-like wife, has been preparing for this eventuality. When the two scientists unleash metal-eating microbes, the compost really hits the fan.

I agree with Connie Willis that great science fiction comes from taking a hypothesis and drawing it out to its most logical or most absurd conclusion. Leo Frankowski does just that in this book, letting the Polish uncle-nephew duo have complete free reign to design whatever absurd thing they can dream up without any real repercussions; universe builders remaking the earth as they want it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1998
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All of leo frankowskis' books are very good science fiction. There are no "fairies" or dragons or majick. His books just tell you why a railroad works and how a windmill can be used to pump water or thresh grain and WHY this is a good thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
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A non-stop parade of fresh ideas, wild inventions and creatures, and original characters. One whopper of a good time!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 17, 2004
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I enjoyed this little book.
I started reading Frankowski's books several years ago starting with the time travel engineer to Poland books. I really enjoyed those. I thought this one might be similar to that. I was a bit dissapointed that it was not similar.
However, this book is a very enjoyable read.
It really makes you think. At the start of the book there are trees that are mutated into houses that people must live in. During the course of the book civilization as we know it ends and a new form of society is founded. Fauns educated children, vehicles are alive, and more fantastic things occur. The end is a particularly interesting end in that it leaves you thinking about our use of genetic engineering and so on.
Enjoy.
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By Beth D. on May 12, 2014
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it was an enjoyable read. wasn't the best, to my tastes, but enjoyable none the less. I found the characters confusing in my reactions to them - my mind was unable to decipher who I was supposed to be cheering for or booing down. The protagonists always had something about them that was unlikable, and the antagonists had their own nobility of cause
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Read everything by Frankkowski he is marvelous. Buy the radiant warrior series a grabber, funny and very clever alternate time travel history.
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The one thing I love about most of Leo Frankowski's books is that the science is usually "spot on."
The science of Copernick's Rebellion was very plausible when I read it shortly after it's first publication and the world of science has advanced so much since, that it is even more realistic now.

This is a great story, a lot of fun to read, and it gives you a great deal to think about.

The "Conrad Stargard" series is also a great read from the same author.
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