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Rebelling against her fashion drug designer father, freelance journalist and troubled clone Wynne Cage covers a data-heist that places her in the rank of a thief and must confront the forces of a world with unlimited bio-technological advantages. Reprint. AB.
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published February 1994 by Tor Books
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The Last Great Cyberpunk Novel is this Generations-Spanning Saga

The last great cyberpunk science fiction novel, James Patrick Kelly's "Wildlife" is a compelling, memorable, exploration into the future of computers and biotechnology and its unforeseen impact on humanity. Covering three generations of the Wynne family, "Wildlife" still seems prophetic in its fictional coverage of biotechnology and artificial intelligence, in a dark, nightmarish future far more realistic than anything I have read i
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Erik
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
A "fix-up" novel assembled from stories that I'm pretty sure were unrelated when I read them in their original appearance. It's pretty underrated. It's a melancholic novel about a dysfunction rich family (which is financially rich as well) in the 21st and 22nd centuries and how technologies such as genetic engineering and mind uploading enables them to treat each other as means rather than ends. Humorous future detail: The Outrage Channel
Ibrahim Z
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
To my horror, I wasn't absolutely horrified by this book. It was alright. Some decent ideas, but I've seen them more competently expressed elsewhere. The prose in the first few chapters alone almost made me put it down.
Keith
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cyberpunk
Weird. Unexpected. A bit uneven. I bought this as new hardback, long ago and finally got around to reading it... slowly. I liked the first section, but it got slower and stranger as I went. The final section was interesting but doesn't redeem the slow parts of the story. Interesting, but not one to re-read.
Tim
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
I had been looking forward to reading this one because it is based on one of my favorite short stories, "Solstice", the story of a celebrity drug designer who has himself cloned and then begins an affair with his offspring. I liked the cool tone of the piece, the believable inventiveness of it, and the fact that Kelly, to a greater degree than most sci-fi writers, was interested in the emotional impact of events on the characters. This novel includes the entire story, and expands on it considera ...more
kat
Mar 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid transhumanist cyberpunk. I'm a sucker for explorations of the questions of identity that arise when you can clone and upload yourself. What I like best about this book is that the three main characters are all versions of the same person -- a pattern that is repeated in Wynne, fractally. It's really a story about how too much of a focus on one's self, too much inward-turning without the genetic (and memetic) diversity of others, can amplify and propagate patterns of dysfunction. And it's a ...more
Ryan
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The short story "Mr Boy" is the best thing ever.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
More like 3.5 but I feel like throwing it some love. Dates of original read a guess at best!
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James Patrick Kelly (please, call him Jim) has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his nove ...more
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