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Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola

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In another Century and a half, the world, as we know it, will be greatly
changed. This book foresees changes that most of us could scarcely
dream of. It imagines a world where current international tensions
have mostly dissolved, where continental solidarity has supplanted most national boundaries, and where global warming has actually abated. It is a time when space explo
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published April 2015 by Lulu.com
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Dianne
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The salvation of humanity launches for the moon in 3…2…1…and Bruce Merchant takes us into a future where an unbeatable strain of the Ebola virus slowly chokes the life out of all mankind on Earth. The only hope to save humankind lay in a frozen suspension, clones of “great” humans whose DNA was taken long before the virus came. Known for their brilliance, scientific proclivity, whatever it takes to re-create superior humans, the moon will be the birthing ground for their cloned selves. The last ...more
Rachel
A bizarre mix of Madmen and Lord of the Flies…on the moon. But where the heck is the plot?!

I am flummoxed. This story is set 1,000 years in the future (mostly) dealing with the aftermath of a major epidemic. In order for humanity to survive, they arrange for clones to be raised on the moon by robots (I’m simplifying).

However, and this is where it’s always problematic for subject specialists to write fiction, there is zero plot. There is, however, highly technical medical jargon, which is complet
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Autumn Is Azathoth
REVIEW: MOONKIND by Bruce Merchant

In the Golden Age of Science Fiction, authors evinced a glorious commitment to future industry, technology, and advancement. As humanity would evolve, so would Earth [and space exploration]. The future was rosy and bright.

Then, of course, came the Cuban Missile Crisis, the advent of the Cold War, Vietnam [and in some quarters, the terror of expected alien invasion and/or abduction]. No longer was the future the component of dreams: instead, considering the futur
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Holly
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Moonkind is a fascinating blend of science fiction and sociological fiction, and it's post apocalyptic fiction at its best (think happy future after the doom and gloom). It's a thought-provoking account of how the planet might be repopulated after the extinction of humankind, and how these pioneers of repopulation will be raised from embryos by androids.

One of the things I liked most about the novel was knowing that the author is a recognized authority on ebola and epidemiology, so this is a to
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Nick Rossi
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's nothing like a really good, well-researched piece of fiction that has the possibility of actually happening. The author's ability to create a human being's reaction and behavioral changes to a cataclysmic event is key to the book being a success or a big ol' flop. While it doesn't necessarily have to be a discourse on the human condition, it's certainly a great opportunity to speculate.

In Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola, author Bruce Merchant takes a speculative event and adds the depths o
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Denise
Jun 25, 2019 added it
Answers the question of what happens to our world and how do we save mankind. Definitely a possible scenario. The way the children develop and grow even under those circumstances seems reasonable. Even under such austere conditions, problems, human condition problems develop which have to be worked through and figured out. As always, humans are left with hope.
Debbie
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Received via NetGalley from Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest and completely unbiased review.

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Merchant weaves a world where in the face of dire circumstances a handful of humanity devises a plan to save us all. The creation of clones who can carry on humanity, a man made branch of human evolution. We learn about the world through Thompson, an astronaut who is ensnared on the Moon while Earth quietly passes on from the Ebola Q-Strain virus. Thompson tasked
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Morgan Erwin
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for the free book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It took me about a third of the book to really get into it and to start enjoying it. But once the book got to the actual clones I really got excited.

I would have given this book 5 stars if not for the first third of the book. It was just so hard for me to keep muddling through it. I understand the need for all the medical and back story, it just was a little much for me.

I have to admit that I do lo
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Kasey Cocoa
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall this is an engaging and entertaining read. The scientific aspects feel very well researched and is presented in a believable and understandable manner. The first parts of the book deal with background and details that provide the setting and knowledge needed to understand and enjoy the rest of the book. It's a bit of a sluggish start but once you get past that it moves along at a very good pace with well fleshed out characters who develop along the way. No part is predictable or feels fa ...more
Jennifer Olson
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This book was about the end of humanity, and how to save it. After every last human is gone, a group of clones are "birthed", with the hopes of one day repopulating earth, where there are no more humans due to a specific strain of Ebola. This book is a story of their journey.

I really liked the thought into the details of the clones' learning process. You have to imagine what it would be like to have no living examples, from whom to learn key traits of life.

The biggest idea in the book is the c
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Harold Walters
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Thematically this book is interesting...but for fun reading — No. There is far too much speculative explanation/exposition, especially the Thompson lectures. There is far too little storytelling. This novel needs lots more downright, fast-paced action.
Jami
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alot of details I didnt know about Ebola. Great read! Thanks Bruce Merchant really enjoyed this free book I won in a giveaway! :)
Patrick
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting ideas, poor dialog.

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Bruce Merchant, M.D., is a Research Physician in the Immunology and Pathology of Human responses to tumors and infectious diseases.. Bruce also holds a doctorate in Immunopathology from the University of Chicago. He was a lab researcher at the National Institutes of Health for a decade and then continued his research in Immunology, and Immunogenetics at the FDA for a second decade. He then moved m ...more