Necessary Ill

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Aqueduct Press, 2013 - Fiction - 347 pages
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Jin, the neuter protagonist of Necessary Ill, begins the novel as a designer of plagues intended to set the world back into balance—a balance of population and resources, creation and destruction, choice and certainty—a balance more important to it than any individual life, including its own. Sandy, a young woman thrust violently out of her farm life into the dispassionate science of neuters like Jin, discovers her own need for balance—a balance of safety and adventure, art and science, self-protection and love. But Jin and Sandy find that human life is full of change, and as the world is thrown off balance for all, each questions their ruling assumptions and must learn to see in new ways for the survival of friends and enemies alike.estruction, choice and certainty---a balance more imporant to it than any individual life, including its own. Sandy, a young woman thrust violently out of her farm life into the dispassionate science of neuters like Jin, discovers her own needs for balance: safety and adventure, art and science, self-protection and love. But human life is full of change, and as the world is thrown off balance for all, each must learn to see in new ways for the survival of friends and enemies alike.

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Deb Taber is a writer and editor specializing in speculative fiction. She sold her first short story, “How to Raise a Human,” to Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, then joined the staff of that same magazine as an editor and eventually became a senior editor of the small press’s book division. She now freelance edits and/or proofreads everything from self-published science fiction to thrillers for New York Times best-selling authors. Her fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, River: An Anthology, and a variety of other anthologies. She maintains a website at www.debtaber.com.

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