The Reproductive System
Publish date: December 31st 2001
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
(Original Review, 1980-08-18)A few years back, I picked up John Sladek's "Mechasm" as part of a special series of "forgotten classics" by some publisher. (this series also included L. Frank Baum's delightful "The Master Key"). "Mechasm" has been reprinted in paperback, so I thought I'd review it her...
When you read the title The Reproductive System: A science fiction novel what immediately springs to mind? If it's machines that can self-replicate then you're spot on. John Sladek has somehow managed to hit on almost every single sci-fi cliché in this one slim book and create a delicious parody tha...
Well, here's a heap of absurdity that both pre-dates and sends up all the nanobot apocalypses of SF history - as well as everything else it can think of, including but not limited to, the military, espionage, government research projects, international politics, the space race (we are talking 1968, ...
Seriously underrated comic science-fiction novel, which satirizes so many things I'm not even going to start listing them. Toto Smilax, the mad genius who was brought up as a dog, is a particularly fine creation.
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