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It's 2110 and Creid Xerkler, the creator of the Molecular Advantage Machine - a virtual system that facilitates instantaneous access to all of humanity's knowledge and experience - is unwillingly entangled in a government Council plot to prove the existence of an illegally engineered race called the Imagofas.

Unfortunately Xerkler knows more than he should and fears what the Council might discover.

The Imagofas are revered by many as the next ...

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It's 2110 and Creid Xerkler, the creator of the Molecular Advantage Machine - a virtual system that facilitates instantaneous access to all of humanity's knowledge and experience - is unwillingly entangled in a government Council plot to prove the existence of an illegally engineered race called the Imagofas.

Unfortunately Xerkler knows more than he should and fears what the Council might discover.

The Imagofas are revered by many as the next step in human evolution - a nano-DNA hybrid: part human, part machine - but to the Council they are a dangerous aberration and a threat to the very existence of humankind.

In their quest to prove this crime against humanity, the Council plans on abducting specimens from the Order sanctioned research facility on Mars.

When the kidnapping takes an unexpected turn and the Imagofas are forced to become fugitives, the Council vows to destroy them - while others plan to capitalize on their existence.

The Imagofas, in a determined bid to return to Mars, must draw upon their still developing and unique skills to survive the dangers of Earth.

Along the way, they are helped by three unexpected and unlikely heroes: the Cadet, a hard core gamer; Ochbo, a cleanlife pervert; and Prometheus, an enlightenment seeking MAMintelligence, who, while on his own secret quest, ultimately holds the answers to everyone's survival.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul Di Filippo
Rowe's world is full of strange new ways of living—and dying. Her rich descriptive language and arch dialogue potently reflect her surreal world…Dealing with issues of freedom and responsibility, as well as epistemological and existential quandaries, Rowe still manages to deliver a slam-bang adventure.
—The Washington Post
VOYA - Michael Levy
The year is 2110. Sashimu is an Imagofas, a genetically engineered young woman, part human and part machine, the result of a secret attempt by the Order to create the next step in human evolution. She has grown up in relative seclusion and austerity on Mars, unaware that much of the human race, including the Council that rules Earth, would consider her and those like her to be abominations. Sashimu's life is turned upside down when she and her friend Thesni are abducted by the Council and taken to Earth in an attempt to expose the Order's illegal activities. Escaping from their captors but separated from each other, the two young women struggle to find a way to return to their home world. They are befriended by the Cadet, who has devoted most of his life to gaming; Prometheus, a renegade artificial intelligence; and Ochibo, a "cleanlife pervert." Despite this help, however, if they are going to survive, Sashimu and Thesni must discover their own secret powers. This novel features a complex-perhaps overly complex-plot, moderately engaging characters, and lots of action. The author's prose tends to be rather pedestrian, however, and her characters are given to lecturing each other at length, a result, no doubt, of the ongoing need to fill in backstory. Nonetheless this promising first novel should appeal to many teens.
KLIATT - Sherry Hoy
Although a first novel, this shows great promise, with tight plotting and well-developed characters. It's 2110 and two illegally engineered Imagofas have been kidnapped and brought from Mars to Earth by the Council to discredit the Order by their mere existence. The Imagofas, also called nanogens, are part human and part nano-technology. Some fear them as barbaric aberrations of humanity; others see them as the next step in human evolution. The story centers on Creid Xerkler, who originally helped create the project that was secretly developed on Mars, and the two Imagofas that have been brought to Earth as well as those who would help them. Rowe's take on where we will go with technology and her virtual reality sequences are seamless and believable. This provides an engrossing story with a cover that reflects the futuristic theme—smeared zeros and ones in the background with a provocative female Imagofas in the foreground.
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Adult/High School-This novel blends high-concept sci-fi storytelling with flashy visual descriptions and action-packed sequences. In 2110, Xerkler, the inventor of a complex machine that grants access to all human knowledge, finds himself pulled into the service of a government council to prove the existence of the Imagofas, a race of advanced humans developed through illegal genetic experimentation. But Xerkler already knows of their existence, and he sees them as the next step in the evolution of humankind. What follows is a politically charged thriller that careens across Earth, Mars, and the nebulous world of cyberspace. Rowe's inclusion of Eastern philosophy, mostly through the enlightenment-seeking character named MAMintelligence, works as a thoughtful and interesting thread, but it may not be sufficiently explained for readers not familiar with the very casual references. The beginning of the novel is slow as Rowe explains the background of the large cast of characters, but the material is well worth digging through. Once readers get beyond the book's first third-a challenge that dedicated sci-fi fans will take on-the novel transforms into a fun and illuminating read.-Matthew L. Moffett, Ford's Theatre Society, Washington, DC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894063166
  • Publisher: Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/30/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca K. Rowe is a freelance writer, published author and member of the National Space Society and The Mars Society. She has M.A.'s in Journalism and International Relations. Her short work / poetry has been published in Polyphony, Ascent Magazine, and Sol Magazine. Rebecca is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop (Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy Kress, Andy Duncan, Kelly Link, Gordon Van Gelder, and Jeff Ford).

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