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Clade by Mark Budz


by Mark Budz

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IT'S A POST-ECOCAUST WORLD. WELCOME TO IT. In the San Jose of tomorrow, all of nature is gengineered--from the warm-blooded plants to the designer people. But even in a rigidly controlled biosystem, with its pheromone-induced social order, the American dream is still the American dream. Caught between these new-old worlds, Rigo is on his way up--he's going to be part of tomorrow, even if it means he has to leave today behind. Written off as a sellout on the streets of his old 'hood, Rigo's got his own ap in an aplex, a 9-to-5er, and a girl. He's got opportunity. If he works hard, his job with a heavyweight politicorp could give him a chance to move up in the clades. But when he's chosen as part of a team to construct a new colony on a nearby comet, Rigo smells a setup. And when disaster strikes, he learns that if there's a way to bend the rules, there's also a way to break them...… (more)



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Read the book a few years back, but what I remember is that Mark Budz has probably created a whole new sub-genre - biopunk (coined by K. J. Anderson). Sure,– there are loads of scifi novels out there with elements of bioengineering of one sort or another, but Clade is soaking in the stuff, with a myriad of novel uses of technology/bioengineering, interesting new ideas and possibilities previously not encountered (at least by me).
It really is appropriate to compare it to the works of early William Gibson, except now concentrating on and thoroughly exploring the development and uses of bio-chemistry, -computing and -encryption, and generally -engineering.
In short - The novelty of ideas did it for me. ( )
  Vvolodymyr | Oct 14, 2012 |
I enjoyed this story, although the end seemed a bit rushed, a bit confusing, and a bit annoying. I kept reading this with a sense of Déjà vu - in that I seemed to have read pieces of this story somewhere else. I'm not sure if its because the book is a derivative, pulling in a number of ideas from other authors, or if I had read this sometime, someplace, and totally forgot about it.

The characters while solid, were interesting, but not captivating. The writing solid, but I won't be reading this again. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Sep 1, 2009 |
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For Marina,
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