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Maximum Light (1998)

by Nancy Kress

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Only a few decades into the future, humanity's ability to conceive children has been severely reduced, making children scarce and desirable, and when a teenaged girl witnesses something illegal, she turns to the only person who believes she may be telling the truth, an elderly doctor. Reprint.
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It's fine. Scenario all-too plausible, writing excellent, characters not terribly likable, ending felt a bit pat. YMMV. ( )
1 vote Jon_Hansen | Nov 15, 2019 |
Nancy Kress is a personal idol of mine. Combining a wonderfully clean, clear writing style with fully realized characters, well-researched science and believable sociopolitical consequences to the new scientific discoveries, her stories are the best science fiction out there. This particular novel is the story of what happens when cloning is impossible and "humanity's ability to conceive children has been severly reduced by pollution and disease." Characters from all walks of life (a wealthy, politically radical scientist, an army grunt, and a dancer with induced amnesia) explore their aging, dystopic world.
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For all we have and are,

For all our children's fate,

Stand up and take the war.

--Rudyard Kipling
The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children.

--Euripides
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For Charles, sitting and talking and wrangling
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By the time they truck us to the staging area, which is the parking lot of some old church, the train has been burning for two days.
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Only a few decades into the future, humanity's ability to conceive children has been severely reduced, making children scarce and desirable, and when a teenaged girl witnesses something illegal, she turns to the only person who believes she may be telling the truth, an elderly doctor. Reprint.

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