The back alleys and dangerous byways of America have a new population: Chimeras, the product of designer genes. Artificially created by splicing human and animal DNA, chimreas can think and speak and behave in all ways like human beings, but they are not granted the rights of humans. They are property, created for sale as servants, soldiers, laborers, or sex toys.
But there are those working to free the chimeras. And there are others who will stop at nothing to retain the status quo. Zoe Domingo, half jaguar, half human, has run afoul of them. Her former owner, an abolitionist, has been murdered, and the police are tyring to pin it on her.
Will Shetterly lives in Bisbee, Arizona, with his beloved wife, Emma Bull, and his tolerated cat, Buddha. (They didn't name him. They don't know who Buddha fooled into thinking he was enlightened.) He writes novels, screenplays, short stories, and comic books. He's proudest of Dogland-your mileage may vary. He thinks his two best short stories are "The Princess Who Kicked Butt" and "Dream Catcher."
In 1994, he ran for Governor of Minnesota and finished third in a field of six. It really isn't worth watching Toxic Zombies to see his very brief appearance in a very bad movie.
Chimera by Will Shetterly, Published by Tor Books. Copyright 2000. This book is set in the style of a fifties dime novel. It is about Chase 'Max' Maxwell a private detective who is on the case for a Chimera. This is a person who is part animal. The book takes place in the future in California. This book is the story of Max and a Chimera named Zoe. She comes to Max for help to find out who killed the woman who was taking care of her. Along the way Max gets killed and brought back to life, he goes into an internment camp to save Zoe, and they confront robotic Artificial Intelligence. I really liked this book alot. It had alot of good imagery and really keeps your attention. This book is a must have for people who like science fiction. I highly reccomend it.
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Private detective Chase 'Max' Maxwell was doing his usual losing a bundle of money while gambling when Zoe Domingo entered the casino. She informs him that she has need of a sleuth so he grabs her cash and watch to call his hand, but loses anyway. To his shock, Max learns from a sniffing chimera that his client is part human and part jaguar, making her a chimera too. Since these genetically engineered critters have no rights beyond that of a slave they cannot hire humans, but Zoe insists her former master, abolitionist Janna Gold freed her. Someone killed Janna and the police believe that someone is Zoe. She wants Max to prove her innocence because she insists the robo-cops murdered her liberator. The investigation quickly turns ugly and soon everyone chases after Max and Zoe because they want a powerful earring that Janna gave to her. With no place to hide or run, Max and Zoe are in deep trouble. If they somehow live, they probably will spend a few decades in jail. CHIMERA is dark science fiction novel that uses genetic engineering to tell a human rights story. The story line is faster than a speeding rocket ship and loaded with excitement yet allows room for the human rights element to flourish without slowing down the pace. Max is a classic hard-boiled detective placed in a future world and Zoe is his femme fatale though reengineered. Readers who enjoy science fiction mysteries will believe Will Sletterly¿s latest tale, CHIMERA, is simply out of this world. Harriet Klausner