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The Methuselah Strain

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Please note: this edition is no longer available. Please see the new edition, published by Fantastic Books Publishing. The new edition is enhanced and has a new section.

Finding a suitable partner from the remnants of mankind isn’t easy for Lucy, especially when she discovers that automation tempts more than flesh.

As the Prime Renegade plans the disabling of automatic syste
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Published August 20th 2011 by Smashwords
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Devorah Fox
Feb 26, 2014 Devorah Fox rated it liked it
I had trouble getting into this at first. Not that it isn’t well written--it is. The author tasked himself with writing a “novelette,” a story with the complexity of a novel and the brevity of a short story. As a result the writing is economical; nothing wasted, nothing extraneous. Every word counts.

I was also impressed with how thoroughly author Stuart Aken knows his imagined future world, from the geographical, political, economic and technological changes to the smallest details of everyday l
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Michael Gallagher
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A curious mixture of Asimov's I Robot, Huxley's Brave New World, and Lem's Solaris all gelled in a short novelette. Carefully crafted and beautifully written. To add spice to the punch bowl, imagine a touch of Henry Fielding's self-conscious author invading science fiction and you have a picture of Aken's The Methuselah Strain. Well worth the read. Pick it up.
Sarah Baethge
Feb 20, 2012 Sarah Baethge rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like erotica
Recommended to Sarah by: Stuart Aken
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The Methuselah Strain by Stewart Aken is a story with a frightening view of the future world. After a devastating asteroid shower the population has grown so small that a normal person can go for years without coming into view of another human face. This is not as lonely as it may sound, because technology has so advanced that through computer programs and with the aid of robots, virtually any act is possible.
In fact, people no longer bother to even reproduce, because anyone still alive has been
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John D.
Dec 19, 2015 John D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little book packs a surprising punch. I picked up a copy as a way to see how I got on with Stuart’s writing before committing to his much larger fantasy trilogy, collectively called ‘A Seared Sky’. The Methuselah Strain (at least the lovely hardback copy I got from Fantastic Books) is only a hundred or so pages, so it seemed like a good starting point.

Stuart is one of my fellow authors in the Fantastic Books stable. This in itself presented me with a few concerns. What if I didn’t enjoy the
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Ken Brimhall
Oct 22, 2013 Ken Brimhall rated it it was amazing


Top-Notch Futuristic Novella

Five stars for The Methuselah Strain because, though limited in scope, it accomplished much. The theme is well developed, the characters expertly imagined, the writing smooth and the vocabulary unique. I read it quickly, enjoying the clever plot and the disturbing ending.
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Dec 23, 2014 Stuart Aken added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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This is my own book. I'd love someone else to write a review for this one.
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