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Dead Girls

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Nanoengineers have unleashed machine consciousness. Revenge does not account for it: Something infinitely more sinister has happened. Only Primavera and mad Ignatz Zwakh know what power is really behind the microbiotic army dedicated to overthrowing the human gamete. But Primavera's dying. Can they reach Dr. Toxicopholous before the CIA or the pornocrat Kito or their combi ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1992)
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Szplug
Dead Girls was a strange and worthwhile trip, a dropkick into an unappealing future Earth circa 2072 in which capitalism, triumphantly and gaudily strutting across the global stage, has conquered all-comers. The United States is the junior partner to a Japanese-led Pacific trading bloc, while Europe, flooded with refugees from the defunct Soviet Empire, has suffered from a catastrophic market-crash and the subsequent spreading of a plague that has affected its former number one export: AI-equipp ...more
Tony
When I do read sci-fi, my preference is for near-future stuff set on our existing planet, which is why I picked this up after reading about it somewhere. It's a great debut, and the first in a trilogy (followed by Dead Boys and Dead Things), which I didn't realize until the end. The story takes place a little less than a century in the future, where nanotechnology and robotics and human nature have combined to create a virus that threatens all humanity.

It seems that in London, when young girls h
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Rachel Popham
These days, I'm not usually one for dystopic or gender-wars science fiction. But this book is the exception and the reason why the whole badly watered-down subgenres exists. What starts off seeming like an overly ornate piece of second-wave misogyny, with women-reduced-to-concept taken to some new scary level, quickly reveals itself to be a stunning display of genre acrobatics. The tone is less science fiction than classical social-commentary horror, specifically grabbing Bram Stoker's uglinesse ...more
S.
In Dead Girls, Ignatz Zwakh lives in a highly technological world powered by fear, sex and death. A plague that corrupts young girls by turning them into Lilim--vampiric nanoengineered dead girls--has swept the globe one metamorphosis at a time. Ignatz, as a schoolboy, falls in love with a Lilim, Primavera. Together, they discover the truth and tragedy behind the plague.

By the time I got around to reading Dead Girls, Dead Boys was a far-off memory that vaguely reminded me of women dying on spike
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Paul Frandano
Unsure whether anything I've read others have written on this is quite so. Still sorting out my own views here, apart from the certsinty that Calder has a pervy, word-besotted brilliance, his prose a hallucinogenic mix of jet fuel, crack, acid, and Joyce. Or jet-fueled Joyce channeling the Marquis de Sade on crack and acid..maybe I should take in the next two installments before trying to make sense of the experience.
Scott
WTF? Seriously, WTF? This made about as much sense as a music video with the sound turned off. Just a collection of weird images. I want the time and the money back.
Terry
Well, this isn't out yet but it'll be an awesome collectable graphic novel with eleven new pages not seen in the original pages of Murky Depths - where it was serialised - and now in full colour hardback. Just 100 numbered copies printed and signed by both the writer, Richard Calder, and the artist, Leonardo M Giron.
William Thomas
With scenes comparable to Gibson and the poetry of Bester, this book could do no wrong. Not cyberpunk, but technoir. A fast, achingly gorgeous and brutally written novel that defines my taste in scifi. As much a metaphor for the sex trade as it is for personal sexual relationships. Just beautiful.
Barrett  Dylan Brown
Sep 09, 2008 Barrett Dylan Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pervert
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Even better than Cythera. Another jump into the Calder future with some of the same characters. Very, very, nice. Calder gives me a hard on (litterally), then makes me feel guilty, then makes me feel perverse, then makes me feel like an alien.
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