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The Games - Ted Kosmatka
The Games
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This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a... show more
This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.   Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. Silas lives and breathes genetics; his designs have led the United States to the gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten.   The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. Not even Silas, with all his genius and experience, can understand the horror he had a hand in making. And no one, he fears, can anticipate the consequences of entrusting the act of creation to a computer’s cold logic.   Now Silas races to understand what the computer has wrought, aided by a beautiful xenobiologist, Vidonia João. Yet as the fast-growing gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most disquietingly—intelligence, Silas and Vidonia find their scientific curiosity giving way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345526618 (0345526619)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 360
Edition language: English
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tomasapina5
tomasapina5 rated it
4.0 Los juegos
Pensada a cada detalle para despertar nuestra curiosidad y aprensión, para evocar sentimientos encontrados y encontrarnos con las delgadas líneas que dividen en moral e inmoral las acciones humanas, Los juegos es una carrera en la que el orgullo y el ego se dirigen contra la naturaleza y la ciencia....
Pitter Patter of Little Thoughts
Pitter Patter of Little Thoughts rated it
3.0
Silas Williams in the head geneticist conceiving the next United States's gladiator for the Olympic Games, in this futurist world where genetic manipulation is commonplace and a spectacle. But little does he know what a supercomputer has wrought for their new gladiator: a predator beyond their imagi...
Rabbit Reads
Rabbit Reads rated it
0.0
Dnf. I couldn't get into it.
Another fine mess
Another fine mess rated it
2.0
Good news, everyone! In the future, the Olympics will be waaaaaaaaay more fun.I thought about a nuanced review, reframing the novel's own images of genetically-engineered beast-iators--most of them disjointed collages of different species (wolfigator! raptoroo! beariger!) but, see, this new creatu...
Readundant
Readundant rated it
0.0 The Games
You had me at, "In this amoral future, genetically engineered monsters fight to the death at public Olympic gaming events."
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