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Sims by F. Paul Wilson

Sims (2003)

by F. Paul Wilson

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"Just a few hundred genes separate humans from chimpanzees. Imagine someone altering the chimp genome, splicing in human genes to increase the size of the cranium, reduce the amount of body hair, enable speech. What sort of creature would result?" "Sims takes place in the very near future, when the science of genetics is fulfilling its vaunted potential. It's a world where genetically transmitted diseases are being eliminated. A world where dangerous or boring manual labor is gradually being transferred to "sims, " genetically altered chimps who occupy a gray zone between simian and human. The chief innovator in this world is SimGen, which owns the patent on the sim genome and has begun leasing the creatures worldwide." "But SimGen is not quite what it seems. It has secrets...secrets beyond patents and proprietary processes...secrets it will go to any lengths to protect. Sims explores this brave new world as it is turned upside down and torn apart when lawyer Patrick Sullivan decides to try to unionize the sims." "Right now, as you read these words, some company somewhere is the world is toying with the chimp genome. That is not fiction, it is fact. Sims is a science thriller that will come true. One way or another."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)



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In the near future, sims-chimpanzees enhanced with human DNA created by a company called SimGen-are used as cheap labor and medical guinea pigs while denied even the right to family. Patrick Sullivan, a labor lawyer, and Romy Cadman, an activist, team up to change the classification of sims from property to persons in order to improve their treatment and to bring SimGen's shady beginnings to light. Summary BPL

My first F. Paul Wilson novel has left me wanting more. I haven't yet encountered a similar blend of science fiction and suspense; perhaps Nevil Shute's novels come closest among the fiction I've read.

Science fiction--good science fiction--holds a mirror to our present reality. Wilson looks forward to potential, unethical outcomes of genetic engineering while reminding the reader of our current cheap labour force: the poor of the world. Sims is neither pedantic nor preachy, although Wilson, a practicing physician, writes convincingly about the genes in genetic engineering. Just a wonderfully gripping tale studded with humour, thrills, twist and mystery!

8 out of 10 For readers who enjoy credible science fiction and a good mystery. ( )
  julie10reads | May 5, 2013 |
Good, fast paced book, with a predictable twist with a moral dilemma. ( )
  AdorableArlene | Jan 24, 2010 |
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