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Half Past Human Mass Market Paperback – June 12, 1983
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matons into vast vegtable gardens. It is into these forbidden gardens that genetic throwbacks with the original non hybredized blood strain, venture to live freely,tribally and with Nature in a way the hive people are physically unable to. They are hunted by the hive and find a way to escape the society that desires their destruction. The book explore different facets of life,inside and outside of the hive. I have read this book over and over and I never cease to be thrilled by this awe-raising pshyche-eco futuristic scifi thriller.
In the face of all this, the citizens of the hive cities manage to retain some spark of that which makes them human.
This is a book well worth the trouble to find.
Some particularly atrocious examples:
"Willie froze. Little warning reflexes were activated deep in his basal ganglia -- thoracolumbar autonomics flared" (158).
"Myotonia and vasocongestion of the breasts -- she was well into the excitement phase" (153).
"She had an ovum waiting in her tense follicle and had selected young Moses to fertilize it. Her estrogen flushed body respoded to the presence of Moses -- a sexually mature male. Homologous erectile tissue in her nasal septum swelled... Capillary beads became engorged producing a maculopapular rash over her trunk" (123).
If this technique was applied in a more limited fashion it *might* have added to the general feel of the work -- however, simply put, it is a frustrating distraction and a failed attempt at originality.
Brief Plot Summary
Future Earth has been transformed for the sole purpose of feeding a massive population. Science has created a four-toed docile/"programmable"/and communal Nebish (still a "human" -- or perhaps, a humanoid). Trillions of Nebishes live in gigantic shaft cities with the surrounding farmable countryside (the Garden) operated by programmable mecks. The shaft cities recycle all human waste, the dead humans, etc and are crowded and overpopulated. Depending on the usefulness of various citizens the shaft cities supply the Molecular Reward and calorie allotments.Read more ›
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Probably the worst science fiction novel I've ever attempted to read.Published 25 days ago by lemonhead
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An interesting twist on the questions of global population. When your sources of animal protein are limited . . .Published 11 months ago by Sky S
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This is one of my favorite books, and it's great to see that it's back in print.
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