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The Cassandra Complex (Emortality) Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 2002

3.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Emortality Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran British author Stableford's Emortality series of future history novels (Inherit the Earth, Architects of Emortality and Fountains of Youth, which start in the 22nd century and end in the 26th) receives a near-future underpinning in this mid-21st-century puzzle of maneuvers in the face of impending doom. Police forensic scientist Lisa Friemann wakes one night to armed intruders in her highly secure dwelling. Nothing in all the information storage media the thieves steal seems important, or even work related. Events are hardly clarified by the news that prominent geneticist Morgan Miller, her graduate supervisor and longtime colleague, is missing. Does someone think Miller made a discovery that, contrary to usual practice, he had shared with no one in his field? And why would anyone want to bomb Mouseworld, the half-million-strong genetic library of rodent strains? Lisa's cityplex police and university colleagues enter the story one by one, followed by a confusing (to all concerned) array of other agencies and factions. Could there be a secret that will avert or postpone the expected world catastrophe, or at least give some people advantages over others? Stableford's background in biological and social sciences makes for convincing behavior and dialogue among the scientists, while long practice in the novelist's trade ensures a smooth and involving read. This series should remain more visible in the U.S. than his large stable of unjustly neglected past work.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As the world hovers on the brink of a biotech war and social breakdown, an attack on forensic researcher Lisa Frieman, along with the disappearance of scientist Jordan Miller, leads to a search for a dangerous secret that could determine humanity's future. The author of Architects of Emortality and The Fountains of Youth continues to explore his vision of the future with this latest tale of technology gone awry and the efforts of ordinary heroes to put things right. Stableford balances issue-oriented sf with suspense-filled action to create a story that belongs in most sf collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Emortality (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1st edition (March 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765342898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765342898
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,094,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Stableford has set The Cassandra Complex about 40 years in the future with the seeds of the action sown in our time. The novel is a prequel to earlier work but stands solidly on its own.
The Cassandra Complex is really more of a techno-thriller than science fiction novel. The action is more in line with a police thriller than most hard SF. However, there is enough SF to satisfy fans of the genre. Stableford tends to fall in the trap when setting mysteries in SF that the investigator knows information about the times that the reader doesn't. If one likes to solve the mystery based on the clues then the information isn't in The Cassandra Complex to do so.
All in all it was a fast-paced enjoyable read, I read it some time ago, but it hasn't stuck with me. It isn't new or original but it is well constructed.
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Format: Hardcover
The time is 40 years in the future -- maybe not our lives, but certainly a reality that could be our children's. A novel of frightening and important ideas and issues: extreme overpopulation, megacorps, and hyperflu wars. The future of humanity hangs in the balance. Who will determine how the scales tilt? The characters are not sharply defined, but the novel is more about the vision than about the people.
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Format: Kindle Edition
this would have made a great short story of 30 or 40 pages. so much back and forth and wandering around for so very little payoff.
"hey could it be this? no.
"how about this?" no.
"maybe this?" no.
for 300 pages.
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Format: Hardcover
The Cassandra Complex is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual's accurate prediction of a crisis is ignored or dismissed, so this book is well titled, dealing as it does with the world's blithe ignorance of the forecast impact of human overpopulation based on studies of Mouseworld, a specially built world for half a million transgenic mice. (Transgenic mice have been successfully used for a few decades as a human pathology model. The highly condensed lifespan and relatively low support costs of maintaining laboratory mice populations with human genes provide huge advantages to other in vivo study methods and enable rapid assessment of disease progression and drug trials prior to any human trials. Nearly all the key characters have had a close involvement with Mouseworld.)

I found the author's insights into the future biological developments considerably more interesting than the story, for which it is an essential foundation. He has obviously used his background degree in biology and doctorate in sociology to excellent effect in writing this rather disturbing novel of our near future. Anyone that likes British crime stories will be on familiar ground with the storyline, but I'd only give this a very generous 3 stars whereas I'd give the hard science behind the story 5 stars.

While I correctly guessed fairly early on the why of the "who done it", the climactic reason why the kidnapped Miller never released his serendipitous discovery is a real gem and worth the wait.

It is good to see a cover that fairly accurately reflects the novel contents too... It captures the essence of the book very well.
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Format: Hardcover
THE CASSANDRA EFFECT is set in a near future (mid-twentyfirst century) England. Overpopulation has become a major problem, huge corporations rule as the cabel, and plague wars have replaced the bomb as the great fear. Author Brian Stableford draws out logical consequences from today's biological sciences with discussions of disease, cloning, and population spikes.
Unfortunately, Stableford describes this potentially fascinating world through long blocks of descriptive dialogue, internal dialogue, and description. Rather than have information flow from the story, it is presented to the reader in huge slabs which must be choked down if one is to continue with the story.
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I find the premise interesting, the plot was certainly fine, and the one significant character, Lisa, a police officer and biologist, was likable and well motivated.
I found the dense writing to be a fairly stiff price to pay for an intriguing concept.
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