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Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction--is it worse than the disease?
What's coming Next? Get a hint of what Michael Crichton sees on the horizon in this short video clip: high bandwidth or low bandwidth
We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps, a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and to test our spouses for genetic maladies.
We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes...
Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn.
Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and the bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.
The future is closer than you think.
Bestseller Crichton (Jurassic Park) once again focuses on genetic engineering in his cerebral new thriller, though the science involved is a lot less far-fetched than creating dinosaurs from DNA. In an ambitious effort to show what's wrong with the U.S.'s current handling of gene patents and with the laws governing human tissues, the author interweaves many plot strands, one involving a California researcher, Henry Kendall, who has mixed human and chimp DNA while working at NIH. Kendall produces an intelligent hybrid whom he rescues from the government and tries to pass off as a fully human child. Some readers may be disappointed by the relative lack of action, the lame attempts to lighten the mood with humor (especially centering on an unusually bright parrot named Gerard), and the contrived convergence of the main characters toward the end. Still, few can match Crichton in crafting page-turners with intellectual substance, and his opinions this time are less likely to create a firestorm than his controversial take on global warming in 2004's State of Fear.
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This book repeatedly made me angry. It is incredibly sloppy and/or disingenuous. There are a multitude of scientific and legal errors and I am only 1/3 of the way through. Read morePublished 5 days ago by b&l-c
The multiple seemingly unrelated story lines that come full circle in the end is a masterful touch. Bravo, Dr. Crichton!Published 1 month ago by FRANK GUCCIARDO
Definitely a Crichton book. Some suspense but for the most part it was entertaining.Published 1 month ago by Lee Griffith
What I love about Michael Crichton is that not only are his books enjoyable, but I know I will go on a scientific exploration that will broaden my scientific horizons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janaka Stagnaro
I’ve read most of Michael Crichton’s novels and marvel how he uses scientific technology to come up with creative stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Vrooman
A good read overall - if you like Crichton, you'll like this book. It moves at a good brisk pace, with lots of characters to keep track of that going in some different directions... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Fraga
Don't even bother. It's a political book and I agree with Chrichton's stance, but the story and character are simple and it's obvious the author is just phoning it in to get the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jay