28/04/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin
A US release for this science fiction novel from the erstwhile editor of Infinity Plus.
Genetopia is the story of Flint, a young man in search of his possibly abducted sister in a far future where nano-and biotechnology have in infuenced and accelerated the evolution of humans and their strangely altered surroundings.
In this world, illness is always to be feared, as symptoms can be a part of the transformation process: re-engineering active genes; mutating germ cells; migrating traits from species to species through plague and fever.
This is a world where organic AIs grow in the jungle, either worshiped or feared; where trees sing to each other; and new houses are grown to order. Flint must travel through communities and wildlands no normal person would brave. Flint's story is the story of the last true humans, and of the struggles between those who want to defend their heritage and those who choose to embrace the new.
Brooke has spent a long time as a 'promising young' SF writer, with three novels published in the early 90s (Keepers of the Peace, Expatria, and Expatria Incorporated) and over sixty short stories published around the world since 1989.
He is co-editor with Nick Gevers of infinity plus one and infinity plus two, anthologies based on the Web site. His latest books are: a novel, Lord of Stone (1997; revised edition 2001); a collection of short stories, Head Shots (2001); and Parallax View (2000), a collection of stories written with Eric Brown. Hiding his identity behind the pen name Nick Gifford, he likes to scare children with several novels published by Puffin, one of which has been optioned by Little Bird. Keith lives with his young family in the English seaside town of Brightlingsea.
Physical coordinates over at ISBN 1-59102-333-5 and virtual ones via www.keithbrooke.co.uk
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Stephen Hunt's novels - USA