Thursday, June 24, 2010

The 35 essential posthuman novels

"Science fiction has always asked what comes after Homo sapiens," writes Annalee Newitz at io9. "A superhuman version of our species, or a dying planet devoid of intelligent life? This list of 35 essential posthuman novels will get you started answering the big questions too."

One book on the list:
The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi

In this magic realist eco-thriller, Bacigalupi imagines a world where genetically-engineered crops are ravaged by viruses and humans scrabble to survive on the few foodstuffs that remain. Gene-tweaked "New People," scorned by many, may be humanity's only hope.
Read about another work on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue