Frek and the Elixir

Frek and the Elixir

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In the year 3003, nothing in the world is the same, except maybe that adolescents are still embarrassed by their parents. Society and the biosphere alike have been transformed by biotechnology, and the natural world is almost gone.
Frek Huggins is a boy from a broken family, a misfit because he's a natural child, conceived without technological help or genetic modifications. His dad, Carb, is a malcontent who left behind Frek's mom and the Earth itself several years ago.
Everything changes when Frek finds the Anvil, a small flying saucer, under his bed, and it tells him he is destined to save the world. The repressive forces of Gov, the mysterious absolute ruler of Earth, descend on Frek, take away the Anvil, and interrogate him forcefully enough to damage his memory. Frek flees with Wow, his talking dog, to seek out Carb and some answers. But the untrustworthy alien in the saucer has other plans, including claiming exclusive rights to market humanity to the galaxy at large, and making Frek a hero.
"Frek and the Elixir" is a profound, playful SF epic by the wild and ambitious Rudy Rucker.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765310583
0765310589
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Rucker Rudy 2004
Characteristics: 476 p. ;,22 cm.

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mammothhawk229e
Dec 27, 2018

This author's story at par with John Zakour & Piers Anthony in zany world building.
"Utopia" done by wiping out all species (plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, virus, parasites) but 256 species in 2666? Hard to wrap that concept like middle age farmer on the 21st century.
Monsanto corporation running the Earth or protagonist dealing with alien reality show executives for "old DNA code elixir" I could wrap my head around.

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mids
Jul 29, 2008

Entertaining adventure with an intriguing vision of the future.

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