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The Resource The genome : a novel, Sergei Lukyanenko ; translated by Liv Bliss

The genome : a novel, Sergei Lukyanenko ; translated by Liv Bliss

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The genome : a novel
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The genome
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a novel
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Sergei Lukyanenko ; translated by Liv Bliss
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  • eng
  • rus
  • eng
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"Five months after the horrific accident that left him near death and worried that he'd never fly again, master-pilot Alex Romanov lands a new job: captaining the sleek passenger vessel Mirror. Alex is a spesh--a human who has been genetically modified to perform particular tasks. As a captain and pilot, Alex has a genetic imperative to care for passengers and crew--no matter what the cost. His first mission aboard Mirror is to ferry two representatives of the alien race Zzygou on a tour of human worlds. His task will not be an easy one, for aboard the craft are several speshes who have reason to hate the Others. Dark pasts, deadly secrets, and a stolen gel-crystal worth more than Alex's entire ship combine to challenge him at every turn. And as the tension escalates, it becomes apparent that greater forces are at work to bring the captain's world crashing down"--Back cover
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  • In this excellent 1999 novel by the noted Russian sf author, finally available in an English translation, Alex Romanov, a spaceship pilot by trade, has recovered from an accident that nearly took his life. Casting about for a new job, he signs on as captain-pilot on a passenger ship. It’s a too-good-to-be-true job, and Alex can’t help being a bit suspicious about how it came to fall into his lap. Turns out he has every reason to worry: what is supposed to be a simple job, taking some alien dignitaries on a tour of space, soon becomes a life-or-death proposition. Lukyanenko, best known for his Night Watch series, has created a just-around-the-corner future teeming with alien life, with a radical new kind of human government, and with new forms of the human species (Alex, like many humans, is a “spesh,” bred for a specialized function). Lukyanenko is at the forefront of contemporary Russian sf, and his English-speaking fans should be thrilled finally to have a chance to read this fine novel. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 12-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 7, p33)
  • Lukyanenko (the Night Watch series) neatly crafts a sophisticated SF thriller featuring Alex Romanov, a spesh, or a person who has been altered to be superhuman. After recovering from a horrific accident, Alex accepts a job as the captain of the spacecraft Mirror. He's responsible for ensuring the safe passage of his alien compatriots on their tour of the known galaxy. Alex's life is further complicated by the murderous intent of his fellow crewmembers, as well as his romantic entanglement with a much younger spesh, Kim. The prose is introspective and inventive, and the story plumbs tricky philosophical questions, such as what it means to be human and how humanness can be altered in the future. The plot moves along at a fast pace, with an appealing at and at times humorous voice. Lukyanenko's tendency toward the preachy is amplified by the translation. This solid work of SF fits into, but does not transcend, its genre. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed August 3, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 31, p)
  • Alex Romanov is a spesh, genetically engineered as a master pilot and recuperating from a terrible accident on the planet of Quicksilver Pit when he encounters Kim O'Hara. She is destitute and on the streets, about to go through the metamorphosis that will manifest her specialty when Alex rescues her. Kim needs help and Alex needs to fly, so he takes a mysterious job as a ship's captain to earn money. After hiring his crew (including the newly transformed Kim), he finds out his first assignment will be transporting tourists from the Zzygou alien race on a pleasure cruise. When one of them ends up dead, he and his whole company fall suspect. VERDICT Lukyanenko, best known for the "Night Watch" series, plants the seeds of an intriguing look at the consequences of altering the human genome to create specialists uniquely suited for certain jobs. But there are too many parts of this novel that make no sense (everyone in the future apparently smokes, even in confined space vessels), or will make some readers uncomfortable, including the depiction of women and the highly sexualized nature of the 14-year-old Kim. --Megan M. McArdle (Reviewed December 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 20, p75)
  • A medium-future exploration of the effects of genetic engineering, which first appeared in Russian in 1999, from the Moscow-resident author of Night Watch (2013, etc.).Many genetic modifications, from street sweeper to starship pilot, are available in the 22nd century; known as "speshes," they kick in during early adolescence and provide the recipients with enormously enhanced abilities appropriate to the spesh. Pilot-spesh Alex Romanov, discharged from a hospital on planet Quicksilver Pit after a horrific accident, runs into Kim O'hara, a 14-year-old fugitive from planet Edem who is on the verge of her metamorphosis into a fighter-spesh. Compelled by his spesh to help her, Alex takes her to a cheap hotel and watches over her as he searches for work. Surprisingly, an attractive prospect materializes—as captain of a flying saucer with the right to select his own crew. He discovers, meanwhile, that Kim is carrying a computer crystal worth a fortune. With few candidates to choose from, he quickly hires a co-pilot, a navigator, an engineer, a doctor and Kim as a fighter, but he has doubts about them all—especially when his commission turns out to involve conveying a pair of VIP insectlike Zzygou, a formerly hostile race, on a tour of human-occupied planets. And when one of the Zzygou is gruesomely murdered, a galactic war threatens; worse, Alex learns, none of his crew members are what they seem, and each had a powerful motive to commit the crime. The narrative moves briskly and often mysteriously, with a curiously boyish enthusiasm. Add in splashes of humor, quirky references to Western cultural tropes and a true-to-life conclusion that leaves many of the surviving characters deeply dissatisfied yet optimistic. Not quite up to the standard of Russia's greatest science-fiction writers (such as the Strugatsky brothers) but nonetheless refreshingly different and something of a page-turner: well worth investigating.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2014)
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10361195
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Lukʹi͡anenko, Sergeĭ
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891.7344
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no index present
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In English. Translated from Russian
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novels
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Bliss, Liv
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True
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  • Astronauts
  • Space ships
  • Interplanetary voyages
  • Human-alien encounters
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The genome : a novel, Sergei Lukyanenko ; translated by Liv Bliss
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489 pages
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The genome : a novel, Sergei Lukyanenko ; translated by Liv Bliss
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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1066041
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
489 pages
Isbn
9781497643963
Isbn Type
(trade paperback)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781497643963
  • (OCoLC)878024292

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