Not of Woman Born

Not of Woman Born

by Constance Ash, Joe Haldeman, Robert Silverberg
     
 
An original anthology of stories dealing with modern science's impact on our ideas of conception, birth, and parenting from some of the most imaginative and prophetic authors in science fiction. Stories range from the humorous to the horrific, the fascinating to the far-fetched, with humanity surviving in the face of overwhelming technology as the common theme of each

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An original anthology of stories dealing with modern science's impact on our ideas of conception, birth, and parenting from some of the most imaginative and prophetic authors in science fiction. Stories range from the humorous to the horrific, the fascinating to the far-fetched, with humanity surviving in the face of overwhelming technology as the common theme of each. A truly unique collection from science fiction's elite!

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VOYA - Sarah Flowers
In this short story collection, top science fiction writers imagine worlds and futures in which extra-uterine, cloned, and bio-engineered reproduction flourishes. In the touching and morally deep Judith's Flowers, by Suan Palwick, a twenty-one-year-old college student must decide whether to live the rest of her life in the world of her genes or the world of her memories. In Dead in the Water, Jack McDevitt explores the process a woman goes through in deciding whether or not to "buy" one genetically perfect, virtually immortal child. Raising Jenny, by Janni Lee Simner, is a simple tale of mother love that addresses the question of nature vs. nurture, as a woman raises a daughter who is actually a clone of her dead mother. Walter Jon Williams looks at parents from a slightly different angle in Daddy's World: he asks how far a father will go to keep his family together, what constitutes a family, and what does it actually mean to be alive? All of the fourteen stories are new except an astonishing one by Robert Silverberg first published in 1957. There Was an Old Woman, the first story to use the term "clone," is about an exceptional woman who created thirty-one sons and raised them each for a specific profession. The story has aged remarkably well, and brings yet another viewpoint to the issue of the expectations that parents and children have for one another. This is a marvelous collection of stories, highly recommended for high school students, on a topic very much in the news today. Thinking teens who are struggling with the questions raised by genetic engineering will find much to ponder here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451456816
Publisher:
Roc
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.78(d)

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