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The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D. Simak
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The Werewolf Principle (1967)

by Clifford D. Simak

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The title is a little misleading for today's readers because Andrew Blake isn't really a werewolf although he is a shapeshifter. At the beginning of the book he has no knowledge of his past or of his shapeshifting abilities. He was found in stasis in an escape pod on a distant asteroid and brought back to Earth where he was revived. It wasn't realized at first that he was the result of a past attempt at genetically engineering the perfect space explorer. We gradually learn about his nature and his past along with Andrew. Simak includes some interesting ideas about how his future Earth would work, for instance, the flying houses. But, politics is still much the same.
  hailelib | Sep 8, 2016 |
An interesting foray into genetic engineering (from 1967 - it's amazing that he was so ahead of his time!), with Simak giving us a very personal take on the whole issue. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
andrew blake finds imself on a planet that allegedly has no life. He is found by earthlings and returned home. He is carrying two other personalities in his body and the three of them confuse and comboogle the scientific establishment. Finally, Blake realizes he no lolnger is human and steals a rocket ship and takes off to find a home for himself. ( )
  andyray | Sep 8, 2011 |
This was my first book by Simak and I love his writing style. He creates beautiful images without boring me and without losing the story (like some authors seem to do when they get descriptive). The ending was so shocking I actually sat up and gasped. An excellent book about a man from space returning "home."

http://iamagirldork.livejournal.com/12253.html ( )
  iamagirldork | Jun 14, 2007 |
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Freas, Frank KellyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, TerryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard G.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Andrew Blake is discovered huddled inside a capsule on a remote star and is brought back to earth. Over 200 years old and suffering from amnesia, Blake seems normal until he becomes aware of two alien beings who lurk inside his body. Dangerously possessed, Blake breaks out of the hospital to look for his past. "First-class entertainment".--Sunday Times.

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His body hosting a pair of strange alien presences, an amnesiac space traveler returns home to an unrecognizable Earth Many centuries in the future, a two-hundred-year-old man is discovered hibernating in a space capsule orbiting a distant star. Transported back to his home planet, Andrew Blake awakens to an Earth he does not recognize-a world of flying cars and sentient floating houses-with no memory whatsoever of his history or purpose. But he has not returned alone. The last survivor of a radical experiment abandoned more than a century earlier, Blake was genetically altered to be able to adapt to extreme alien environments, and now he can sense other presences inhabiting his mind and body. One is a biological computer of astonishing power; the other is a powerful creature akin to a large wolf. And Blake is definitely not the one in control. With his sanity hanging in the balance, Blake's only option is to set out in frantic pursuit of his past, the truth, his destiny-and quite possibly the fate of humankind. A bravura demonstration of unparalleled imagination, intelligence, and heart, The Werewolf Principle addresses weighty issues of genetic manipulation that are as relevant today as when the novel first appeared in print. One of the all-time best and brightest in speculative fiction, Grand Master Clifford D. Simak offers a moving, stunning, witty, and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be human.… (more)

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