From a grossly overpopulated Earth in 2239 A.D., an exploratory colonization mission to Alpha Centauri finds Mies Cochrane carrying an autovirus inside him that, after sexual intercourse, halts conception?the perfect birth control. The explorers discover the remains of an ancient civilization and a way to see what caused their extinction through the eyes of the last, long-dead inhabitant. The authors (Iris, LJ 2/15/90) make a strong statement about overpopulation, solutions to it, and humanity's purpose for existing. This thought-provoking book, a mix of sexually explicit passages and scientific exposition, is recommended for adult sf collections.
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With its population grown to more than 300 billion, Earth in 2239 dispatches an exploratory team to Alpha Centauri. But there is a problem, a schizophrenic named Mies Cochrane, infected with "autoviroids" by a malevolent intelligence called Indigo. Whenever Mies has sex with a woman, he renders her sterile. Thus this particular crew, at least, will never populate the stars. Intriguing, but Barton and Capobianco go ballistic, seldom allowing the reader to escape from sex and sexuality: Mies with women, Mies with a man who has changed into a woman, women with women, until the reader is not only baffled but in agreement with Indigo that the race isn't worth saving. A shame, since the hard sf here is beautifully done, including a breathtaking ride on a storm-tossed alien ocean at two Gs, and an ancient race, complete with cosmology, restored through virtual technology--grand stuff, but Heinlein is rolling in his grave, even so. John Mort --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
I was expecting a sci-fi book. I was not expecting the graphic sexual nature of the book. I was so appalled by chapter two that I returned the book to the store. Read morePublished on May 18 2003
This is not a completely fair review since I didn't get past page 50 (and I got this far only because I was in a carwash and had nothing better to do). Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2002 by Dana
There is some interesting sci-fi in this novel, but not enough to push the (rather gratuitous) sexual themes into the background. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001 by "brother_francis"
A bleak story in an even bleaker future, wound together in an amazing novel. I've noticed that many reviewers here seem to be put off a bit by the amount, and sheer oddity, of the... Read morePublished on July 23 2001 by Brian209
Avoid this book at all costs. A waste of time to read let alone stomach. I was interested in the background of a dreadfully overpopulated Earth, and a exploration to Earth's... Read morePublished on June 26 2000 by Mistrmind
Intruiging premise but the end was a letdown (yes, I did finish it, in spite of the fact that I got fed up with the gratuitious sex... found it mostly unnecessary to the story). Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2000
I think that it is just as confusing to write a review of this book as it was when I first starting reading this book. But here it goes. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 1999
I bought this in the airport hoping to have something to read on a trip to New Orleans. Crediting the authors with writing a distrubing but failed vision of the future is simply... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 1999