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Clade Mass Market Paperback – Dec 2 2003

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (Dec 2 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553586580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553586589
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 186 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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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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Planet Earth is not a self-sustaining orb anymore ever since the ecocaust occurred causing the destruction of humongous land masses all over Terra; killing untold billions. Scientists work feverishly to save theplanet as the ice caps rise, causing the oceans to deepen, drowning islands and shorelines. The ozone layer has more holes than Swiss cheese so that many inland communities are domed.
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.
Harriet Klausner
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Mark Budz reminds me of Wilhemina Baird (Clipjoint) and Howard Hendrix (Lightpath) in presenting serious science fiction with comic touch. The adventure Rigo and Anthea find themselves caught up in is fast and funny, but there is a cautionary tale behind it that is direct and satisfying. I'd given up on science fiction for a while (except for the exceptional work of Liz Williams), but Budz has me looking forward to his next book because he seems to have something new to steer us toward.
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This story was okay. The main character is interesting as is the backdrop of the story. Nothing much happens in the end though.
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HASH(0xa4f8e030) out of 5 stars A fine, gritty Cal-biotech hard-SF future. 4.5 stars Sept. 9 2004
By Peter D. Tillman - Published on
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CLADE is set 50 years after a catastrophic ecological collapse, the 'ecocaust', a human-caused mass-extinction right up there with the five worst in Earth's history. Civilization was saved by heavy-handed reengineering of the biosphere, but at a cost of billions of lives lost, and a tightly-regimented social setup. Budz does a nice job of worldbuilding in CLADE, and handles the ambiguous costs and benefits of new technology very well indeed.

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.

Happy reading!

Pete Tillman

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HASH(0xa4f86d38) out of 5 stars Don't put your nose up at this debut effort!! Jan. 15 2007
By David - Published on
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"Clade" is an excellent first novel from Santa Cruz resident Mark Budz. The novel, set in a near-future world recovering from an ecological disaster, gives a refreshing and original outlook on the future of bioscience. In this future, you are assigned a certain biochemical signature which basically forces you to remain in your specially designated part of the world or suffer from an intense allergic reaction. Neat idea, right? The plot centers on a young man trying to move up in the world, who hopes through hard work and some luck he can get out of the ghetto clade (San Jose of all places!) into which he was born and achieve the middle class American Dream! Now, this wouldn't be a very interesting novel if all the kid did was work hard and remember his boss' birthday, so you have to read the rest of book to find out what happens. I really enjoyed it. The future society was very believable and very frightening in many ways. The main character was also very believable and very likable. You want to see this kid have a happy ending, despite all the problems he encounters. Now, having been to San Jose many times, I can totally understand why the author chose this city for his setting, but many residents may not approve of how the city is portrayed! Other then that, a great debut effort and I enjoyed it more then the author's third novel, "Idolon", which was also very original, but lost me at the end.
HASH(0xa50ea0f0) out of 5 stars Great story! An almost perfect blend of a dystopian ... May 22 2015
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Great story! An almost perfect blend of a dystopian future but not one so different from ours that it seems alien. Great romance (essential to any good novel), fabulous characters, whirlwind action and a killer of a plot. The story seduces the reader, capturing them before they are aware of its tendrils.

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
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4f7e1bc) out of 5 stars Great First part and no ending May 25 2010
By D. Grant - Published on
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Clade has a novel setting in a collapsed biosphere, and a hero living in San Jose (talk about collapse) and made artificially allergic to other places, so snaps for that. On the other hand, the rest of it is tried and true, to the point you could write it in your sleep. Its like going to a "creative" burger or pizza place in that yes, some of the details are fresh and intriguing, but in the end its the same old burger and fries or pepperoni and cheese (anxious striving dweeb, caught between rock and hard place and annoying family and girlfriend, yadda yadda). And the ending, I can honestly say I read exactly the same thing in at least one other book this year... It was really more interesting to imagine some of the OTHER characters telling THEIR stories as opposed to this nebbishy guy we are stuck with. Maybe next time will see more energy in the story and less in the faux angst department.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50eb15c) out of 5 stars Fascinating World July 16 2005
By Hirum Horkweller - Published on
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If you're simply passionately into SF you will love this book. It's a bummer that people write irrelevant reviews (how is 375 pages "a short book"?), but I think anyone who can appreciate a truly inventive vision of a dystopian future will love it. The world that Budz has created is so meticulously detailed and thought out that you never need to suspend your disbelief. I can't wait to read the sequel.

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