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Clade Mass Market Paperback – Dec 2 2003
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In a post-ecocaust future, Earth's natural biodiversity has been decimated. Millions are dead, and the rest have been shuttled into clades. When Rigo, who is working his way up from the poverty of the San Jose clade, is invited to travel to the asteroid being colonized with the aid of the warm-blooded plants that he has been working with, he knows that if he wants to move up in the corporate world, he must go. Concurrently, his social-worker girlfriend decides to hide her newest case, Ibrahim, a child suffering clade-incompatibility, at Rigo's mother's place when the secret police come for him. She and Rigo discover that Rigo's reclading somehow provides the pherions Ibrahim needs to survive and that there is a conspiracy to maintain the status quo through slave pherions. Rigo has fallen into the middle of this plot and also into position to help start the revolution of reclaiming the biodiversity of the past. A fast-paced read animated by an engrossing, nervous energy. Regina Schroeder
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"Smart, well-written, and highly imaginitive, Clade does for cutting edge biology what Neuromancer did for cyber future. Budz may welll have created a new genre: biopunk."—Kevin J. Anderson
"A remarkable book.... Scientific, tense, gritty, and thoughtful, Clade pulls you into a bioengineered tomorrow that may come startlingly true."—David Brin
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Populations are confined to certain geographical regions known as ecotectural zones or Clades and bioengineered sensors prevent one community from interacting with another. Genetically engineered plants and trees pump badly needed oxygen in the air and people like Rigo is a sytech working for Neogenetic's and does his best to work within the system, until he understands that through bioengineering and the use of pherions, the powers that be control what one thinks and feels. Now Rigs works within the system to change it.
Thanks to mankind's greed, stupidity and blindness, Earth has destroyed itself. Now instead of starting over, the in crowd is rebuilding the world the way it used to be only now they are in charge. There are such strict class and caste structures that artificial wars exist between people. Everyone knows they are being drugged into docility but very few care and those that do are the true heroes of the CLADE.
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Decent hard-SF that makes a serious attempt to extrapolate the medium-term future is never in oversupply. This is my favorite kind of SF, so I was very pleased to discover CLADE. There are, unsurprisingly, some first-novel rough spots here, particularly with the thriller-style plot, which suffers from some heavy-handed auctorial hammering-to-fit -- but, hey, you'll happily put up with a few warts for the technically-sweet payoffs in CLADE. Budz is clearly an author to watch. A sequel, CRACHE, is promised for Fall 2004. I'm looking forward to it.
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The future is not one that anyone in their right mind would want and frankly, made no sense. The novel suffers from two of the most common literary errors in science fiction. (1) Way too many references to the 1950-1990 time era. We do not, in daily conversation or entertainment or technology reference the period 1900-1950. Someone in 2030 would care even less considering the rapid acceleration of technological change. Which brings us to point (2). In a world where billions die, nation-states evaporate, 98% of all species die and people are in one long migration, the rate of technological change never slows. It's as if all the universities, labs and corporations continued without being affected. Then again, there is such a thing as literary license.
My grade: A