Genometry

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As scientists work to unravel humanity's blueprints, the potential benefits of genetic engineering become clearer. But our path is dotted with the familiar pitfalls of new technology. Such an intimate knowledge of human mechanics could lead to magnificent breakthrough in medicine—or smash our romantic notions of what it means to be human. We might solve the riddle of cancer—but we might also create a world where genetic perfection robs us of the uncertainty that makes life ...

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Overview

As scientists work to unravel humanity's blueprints, the potential benefits of genetic engineering become clearer. But our path is dotted with the familiar pitfalls of new technology. Such an intimate knowledge of human mechanics could lead to magnificent breakthrough in medicine—or smash our romantic notions of what it means to be human. We might solve the riddle of cancer—but we might also create a world where genetic perfection robs us of the uncertainty that makes life compelling. We may look in the mirror and find beauty—or horror...

In this thought-provoking anthology, eleven cutting-edge science fiction writers explore both the promise and peril of genetic engineering.

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In similar fashion to other titles in the series (Aliens Among Us, 2000; Armageddons, 1999; Immortals, 1998; Clones, 1998) the editors present 11 short stories (all previously published elsewhere, 1961-1999) that explore aspects of genetic engineering. The plots range from an almost endless Nuremberg-type trial process for the perpetrators of a virus that only struck non-whites ("The Other Shore" by J. R. Dunn—heavy-handed and disjointed) to the story of a scientist who develops a "kindness" virus and is spreading it via shellfish, mostly lobster dinners ("The Kindly Isle" by Frederik Pohl—fresh and unexpected). The book ends with Cordwainer Smith's excellent "A Planet Named Shayol," which doesn't seem to fit the theme but is good enough that readers won't care. A cool title and rather subdued cover art for an uneven collection. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Berkley/Ace, 272p, 18cm, $5.99. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Sherry S. Hoy; Libn., Tuscarora Jr. H.S., Mifflintown, PA, May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441007974
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Ace Science Fiction Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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