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Allan Dyen-Shapiro is a Ph.D. biochemist whose non-linear career has taken him through the worlds of science and education and left him with many stories to tell. He recently completed first novel, working title, To Hear Even Your Cry.

Imagine a world run by China but in which an overly militarized United States is convinced it's running the world, and you have our present. Add pharmaceuticals that act upon learning and memory and advanced computational modeling of the global economy, and you have the world of my novel. To stop an American Defense Department officer from deploying the bio-weapon she gave him before realizing he was delusional, a Chinese bureaucrat must enlist help from unlikely allies: her hacker ex-lover, a hard-drinking vi
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Allan Dyen-Shapiro Hi, Denis. I had to go back and read what I said, since I said it in 2010. I am assuming what you are looking for is books with both good SF aspects a…moreHi, Denis. I had to go back and read what I said, since I said it in 2010. I am assuming what you are looking for is books with both good SF aspects and hot sex where everything is consensual. I can definitely direct you toward one author. She's a friend of mine, and, embarrassingly, I haven't gotten around to reading a full book of hers, but I've been at her reading at a recent virtual convention, and what she read was terrific. She's got a sentient AI inside a woman's head, so all sex is automatically a three-some. But the SF plot is definitely the A plot. Her pen-name is Elle Ire. You can find her stuff on Amazon. In terms of classic SF stuff, I'd look at Samuel Delaney (Dhalgren is my favorite) and Octavia Butler (the Xenogenesis trilogy, especially). Elle is very genre, Delaney is about as literary as SF gets, and Butler is somewhere in the middle. I say this as warning and without judgement: if you are a plot/action-type of reader who just wants to feel tension, skip Delaney. If you always enjoyed the literature in your English classes; love beautiful prose and experiments with structure and form; and tend to read slow, marveling at the wonderful craft without needing a car chase or a shoot-em-up, start with Delaney.(less)
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My first time reading Ishiguro. The voice was masterful. Keeping this in first-person POV of a sentient android is hard. The odd perspective is a neat twist on an unreliable narrator. The world building is minimalist--you know it's there, but the det ...more
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