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Posted January 30, 2001
<p>SOUND THE RAM'S HORN by S. Joan Popek is an intriguing short science fiction novel that dips gracefully from Old Testament prophesy to contemporary DNA to a very different future. Different because of the Golden Children. </p> <p> Joshua is one of the Golden Children: born with yellow-gold pigmentation, golden eyes, a dime-sized ebony star on his shoulder. At the age of six months he exhibits the amazing ability to heal, by absorbing the physical and emotional pain of others.</p> <p> More Golden Children are discovered and studied. They all have golden skin and eyes, flaxen hair and a black star on either their right or left shoulder. They all score off the charts in IQ tests, and they are all the products of interracial unions. They are all affectionate, friendly, cheerful and empathetic. And they all have five extra chromosomes. Who are they? Where did they come from. Why? Do they have a mission? Are they the natural evolution of the species or a regression to man as he was before sin?</p> <p> The answers to these questions are gradually revealed as these remarkable children grow to adulthood and complete their destiny. Together they battle exploitation as they rescue, protect and fall in love with one another.</p> <p> Sound the Ram's Horn is no Bible story, but S. Joan Popek draws heavily on old testament prophesy and alludes lightly to new testament characters and ideals. She uses the Bible as a springboard that catapults Sound the Ram's Horn squarely into science fiction orbit.</p>Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.