The Child Garden

The Child Garden

by Geoff Ryman
     
 

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In the city of the future, humans photosynthesize, viruses educate people, organics have replaced electronics...and almost no one lives past forty. In the city of the future, Milena is resistant to the viruses. She is barred from the Consensus. She has Bad Grammar. In the city of the future, Milena feels alone. In the city of the future, Milena meets Rolfa, the

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In the city of the future, humans photosynthesize, viruses educate people, organics have replaced electronics...and almost no one lives past forty. In the city of the future, Milena is resistant to the viruses. She is barred from the Consensus. She has Bad Grammar. In the city of the future, Milena feels alone. In the city of the future, Milena meets Rolfa, the huge and hirsute Genetically Engineered Polar Woman. And might, just might, find a place for herself after all...

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"Excellent...Dark and witty and full of love, closely observed, and sprinkled with astonishing ideas. Science fiction of a very high order."—Greg Bear

"A richly absorbing tale—with a marvelous premise expertly carried out."—Kirkus Reviews

"One of the most imaginative accounts of futuristic bioengineering since Geg Bear's Blood Music."—Locus

"A heady novel bursting with speculation."—Library Journal

"An exuberant celebration of excess set in a resource-poor but defiantly eneregtic 21st century...you will not be bored."—The New York Times

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ryman's ( The Unconquered Country ) novel belongs to that class of SF stories in which the liberties with science go too far and destroy our suspension of disbelief, but whose rich symbolism and brightly drawn characters keep us nonetheless involved and rewarded. In a world where knowledge is transmitted by viral infection, Milena is immune and thus forced to learn from books. Because the viruses always teach the same facts the same way, the government covertly uses Milena to infuse the system with originality and creativity. Her magnum opus is a kilometers-high holographic projection of a choral rendition of Dante's Divine Comedy , visible from almost all of Earth. In the process she encounters: genetically enhanced human polar bears, living orbiting satellites, infections that cause their victims to share thoughts and movements en masse, angels created by the government and her own early childhood memories. Like her, the people who enter, change and sometimes leave her stage are game and affecting. This book won Bantam's 1989 Arthur C. Clark Award for best SF novel. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In a future that has cured cancer, tamed virus(es), and inadvertently halved hu man life expectancy, a young woman struggles to produce a new form of art as a testimonial to a lost lover, heedless of the shock waves resulting from her endeavor. Ryman ( The Unconquered Country) ex amines the consequences of biogenetics gone awry in a heady novel bursting with speculation. For most sf collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312890230
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
05/01/1994
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.02(d)

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