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The Unselfish Gene

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In the mid-21st century, a form of bird flu has killed billions. The few humans who have immunity now face the threat of a comet on a collision course with Earth. Settlers from the Moon colony were spared the disease, but face their own threats to survival: radiation-induced mental illness, a limited gene pool and shrinking resources.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Swimming Kangaroo Books (first published 2008)
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Scott Cleveland
Dec 26, 2012 Scott Cleveland rated it really liked it
Note: This review is of the earlier, now out-of-print edition.

The Unselfish Gene is an interesting variant of the zombie apocalypse theme, with a looming extinction-level asteroid impact to boot. Did I mention the environmental zealots who believe all this is a hint that the universe has decided to delete the human race and do their best to help it along? It’s a lot to process, but Robert Burns pulls it off with flair and creativity.

The Plot:

The human race has been decimated by a virus that att
Mar 15, 2009 Colin rated it liked it
The Earth has been ravaged by a cholera-type epidemic that's reduced much of the population to zombies; the crew of a lunar colony have survived, but are now threatened by a comet on a collision course.

It's taut and gripping, and full of science. Well worth a read.
Suzanne Moore
Dec 13, 2011 Suzanne Moore rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This is the first published novel of one of my closest friends. Science Fiction is normally not my choice of genres, but Robert makes it easy for the unscientific mind to become absorbed in the character's dilemmas as they face dangerous situations.
Aug 06, 2010 Tanya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes zombie, apocalypse, adventure stories
Shelves: kindle
This book was great. Great characters and lots of twists and turns (but not so many that you can't keep up). One of those books that I couldn't wait to see how it ended.
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Jun 29, 2009 R. Burns rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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