|Ribofunk (1996) [Collection]|
by Paul Di Filippo
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In a stunningly inventive collection of stories all set in the same disturbingly dystopian tomorrow, acclaimed sf innovator Paul DiFilippo demonstrates that the future isn't electronic, nuclear, or cyber...it's organic. Potentially apocalytic threats --viral, mental, virtual, physical, and brain-fryingly toxic--are everywhere, the outrageous end-product of unchecked biological tinkering with our surroundings and ourselves.
Tomorrow is wet and squishy; it's flesh and blood and fat and sinew and genetically/chemically modified bods and brains. "Splices" do the clean-up and the heavy lifting, as long as their genetic make-up is less than half-human and greater parts feline or lupine, bird or bull. And when they go renegade, like the terrorist construct Krazy Kat, it's up to the Protein Police to hunt them down like the dogs -- or stallions, or rabbits -- that they are, at least in part. In this world there are potentially apocalyptic threats everywhere, inside and out -- viral, mental, physical, virtual, and brain-fryingly toxic -- the outrageous end product of unchecked biological tinkering with our surroundings and ourselves.
This is no brave new world.
Welcome to a future that will swallow you whole.
Original title: Ribofunk
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Political→ Dystopia/Utopia
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