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Marseguro (The Helix War)

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A BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL ON A DISTANT WATER WORLD

After a worldwide disaster strikes Earth, the planet is taken over by a fanatical religious theocracy. Scientist Victor Hansen flees with a staff of non-genetically modified humans and young members of his newly created race, the Selkies, to Marseguro, a distant water world. But their peace and freedom is threatened when a tra
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by DAW
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Robert Runte
May 06, 2014 Robert Runte rated it it was ok
Shelves: canadian-sf-f
Marseguroconcerns the conflict between a lost colony of humans genetically modified for their ocean world, and an Earth ruled by a theocracy intent upon purifying the human race by eliminating all such "distortions" of the "sacred human genome". Never content with simplistic depictions of good guys verses bad, Willett examines the ethical dilemmas inherent in total war from the viewpoint of four different characters, two of whom are forced to reevaluate their initial assumptions about who is ...more
Dirck de Lint
May 05, 2015 Dirck de Lint rated it really liked it
An interesting and relatively plausible story (which is all SF can aspire to, really). A Saskatchewan reader will definitely recognize some character names. There are some real startles in the area of "actions can have consequences," and while I have slightly over-rated the book (oh, for a half-star capacity!) I do recommend it. Fans of Larry Niven should get on well with it.
Shaun Duke
May 06, 2014 Shaun Duke rated it really liked it
Willett's novel of religion gone horribly wrong is a "monster" of a tale (pun intended). It takes place some 50 years after a man named Victor Hansen stole an Earth ship (or Body Purified Ship), fled across the galaxy, and established a new colony for he and his modified mer-people called the Selkies. The problem is that he's pissed off all of the Body Purified in doing so, and they are still actively trying to find him and his "abominations" so they can be "purified" (a.k.a. killed a la the ...more
Joshua Palmatier
May 06, 2014 Joshua Palmatier rated it liked it
I've just finished Marseguro, the first book in the Helix War by Edward Willett. This book, along with the second Terra Insegura, have been released more recently in an omnibus edition by DAW called The Helix War, so if you're looking for it, look for the omnibus edition.

The main premise is that, fifty years ago, Earth was threatened with destruction by a massive meteor. This caused a radical shift in religions, and when the meteorite is hit by another meteor shortly before impact with Earth, a
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cenobyte
May 06, 2014 cenobyte rated it really liked it
When author Edward Willett was at a Science Fiction workshop at the Banff Centre in western Canada, the assignment from instructor Robert J. Sawyer was to write a sentence that might be used as an opening line. Willett's sentence in that workshop introduced him, and by way of the author's pen, us, to the Selkies. Selkies are a race of genetically modified humans who share DNA with seals. They are marine-dwelling humans (aqueous, not amphibious...there's a difference) who can do nearly anything u ...more
Ken McConnell
May 06, 2014 Ken McConnell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Ken by: The Author!
I finally had the chance to finish reading Marseguro by Edward Willett. Regular readers will recall I won the book from a give away on the author’s site a few months ago. Sorry it has taken me so long to get to this review, but baseball season and various other Spring time events have set me behind in my reading.

I really enjoyed reading Marseguro by Edward Willett. It was a little hard for me personally to get into because I’m not big on religion and the bad guys are all about hard line religion
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Diane
May 06, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
Willett sets up an intriguing premise: a world of gene-modified Selkies must face an invasion from Earth: the Body Purified, a fanatical religious cult (which has outlawed all other religions of the past, including Christianity). The plot is full of twists, and the most intriguing character is Richard Hansen. I'll say no more. Good style, pacing, and such, though the changes in one character are rather precipitous. I wonder if there might be a sequel. It would be interesting to see, if so.
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
The book starts out somewhat poorly, with extremely dislikable characters popping up in all sides of the (eventual) conflict. However, once it gets going it serves up a pretty good story of genetic modification, religious zealotry, bigotry, and overcoming prejudice to a broader world view. It is not perfect, but most of the science is reasonable (with a glaring exception involving genetic memory transfer), and if the end relies a little too much on dumb luck, it still ends up a pretty good tale. ...more
SFReader
May 06, 2014 SFReader rated it liked it
I've just finished Marseguro, the first book in The Helix War by Edward Willett. This book, along with the second Terra Insegura, have been released more recently in an omnibus edition by DAW called The Helix War, so if you're looking for it, look for the omnibus edition.

Read the rest of the Marseguro review at SFReader
Travis
May 06, 2014 Travis rated it it was ok
Good story of a planet with modified water-breathing humans under attack from an Earth wanting to annihilate them for being "non-human." Sadly, the writing glaringly turns campy, b-movie halfway through.
Jason
It's a good book. I didn't really feel anything for the characters though. There wasn't really a central hero that I could associate with. Character progression seemed forced. Still an interesting story though.
R
May 06, 2014 R rated it did not like it
Would that I could find the reviewer or review site what said this was a bright young talent, that I could curse him to his face. Or her.
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Edward Willett is an award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction for both children and adults.

Born in Silver City, New Mexico, Willett lived in Bayard, New Mexico and Lubbock and Tulia, Texas, before moving to Weyburn, Saskatchewan with his family when he was eight years old.

He studied journalism at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, then returned to Weyburn as a reporter
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