The Reproductive System

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Gollancz, 2001 - Fiction - 191 pages
7 Reviews
Wompler's Walking Babies once put Millford, Utah, on the map. But they aren't selling like they used to. In fact, they aren't selling at all and the only alternative to winding the company up is to tap the government for a research grant. And so Wompler Research Laboratories and Project 32 come into being. The plan is tp produce self-replicating mechanisms; identical cells equipped to repair intracellular breakdowns, convert power from their environment and create new cells. But suddenly the nondescript grey metal boxes start crawling about the laboratory, feeding voraciously on any metal... and multiplying at an alarming rate.

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

It started well, got a bit lost in the middle, and eventually finished on an unexpected note. A little reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut, with touches of Dr Strangelove and some misplaced hallucinatory stuff which didn't really work. A very clever premise, though, and nicely executed. Read full review

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User Review  - Darren Goossens - Goodreads

Review from John Sladek was one of the most remarkable authors of his time ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

John Sladek (1937 - 2000)John Sladek was born in Iowa in 1937 but moved to the UK in 1966, where he became involved with the British New Wave movement, centred on Michael Moorcock's groundbreaking New Worlds magazine. Sladek began writing SF with 'The Happy Breed', which appeared in Harlan Ellison's seminal anthology Dangerous Visions in 1967, and is now recognized as one of SF's most brilliant satirists. His novels and short story collections include The Muller Fokker Effect, Roderick and Tik Tok, for which he won a BSFA Award. He returned to the United States in 1986, and died there in March 2000.

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