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Bantam Books, 2003 - Fiction - 372 pages

In the San Jose of tomorrow, all of nature is gengineered--from the warm-blooded plants to the designer people. But even in a rigidly controlled biosystem, with its pheromone-induced social order, the American dream is still the American dream. Caught between these new-old worlds, Rigo is on his way up--he's going to be part of tomorrow, even if it means he has to leave today behind.

Written off as a sellout on the streets of his old 'hood, Rigo's got his own ap in an aplex, a 9-to-5er, and a girl. He's got opportunity. If he works hard, his job with a heavyweight
politicorp could give him a chance to move up in the clades. But when he's chosen as part of a team to construct a new colony on a nearby comet, Rigo smells a setup. And when disaster strikes, he learns that if there's a way to bend the rules, there's also a way to break them...

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User Review  - Vvolodymyr - LibraryThing

Read the book a few years back, but what I remember is that Mark Budz has probably created a whole new sub-genre - biopunk (coined by K. J. Anderson). Sure,– there are loads of scifi novels out there ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this story, although the end seemed a bit rushed, a bit confusing, and a bit annoying. I kept reading this with a sense of Déjà vu - in that I seemed to have read pieces of this story ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Mark Budz lives in northern California with his wife, fellow author Marina Fitch. His short stories have appeared in Amazing Stories and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He is the author of four novels, Clade, Crache, Idolon, and, most recently, Till Human Voices Wake Us.

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