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ROMANIA

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december 14th, 2011 at 8:00 am

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T. J. Bass, real name Thomas J. Bassler, MD (July 7, 1932 – December 13, 2011) was an American science fiction author and doctor, having graduated from the University of Iowa in 1959. Bassler is also known for his early promotion of the medical benefits of marathon running. Two of Bass’ novels, Half Past Human (1971) and The Godwhale (1974), were nominated for the Nebula award.

HALF PAST HUMAN: Bass’ future Earth is an environment in which the sum of the biota serves as its food chain. Human science has created the four-toed Nebish, a pallid, short-lived and highly programmable humanoid who has had the elements that do not facilitate an underground Hive existence (aggression, curiosity, etc.) bred out of it. The five-toed humans (called buckeyes) wander the biofarms that keep the trillions of Earth’s Nebish population fed. All animals other than man are extinct, so meat comes from other humans (and the occasional rat). The conflict between the Hives and the roving bands of five-toed original Humans, who are reduced to savagery and hunted like vermin by Hive Security, forms the backdrop of this novel.

Something strange is happening, as the primitive buckeyes are showing signs of a purpose whose goal is unclear and probably dangerous to the balance of the Hive. There seems to be a third party stirring the pot, campaigning in a relentlessly successful battle with the computer minds that keep this “brave new world” in balance. Agendas beyond the ken of their protagonists begin to come into play, and an epic battle between the Four- and the Five-toed is looming.

THE GODWHALE: The protagonist, Larry Dever, is gravely injured resulting in a radical surgical procedure, a hemicorporectomy, in which tissue below the waist is removed. He is outfitted with a set of intelligent mechanical legs, a ‘manniquin,’ and is placed into suspended animation until the damaged tissue can be restored. He wakes at a time when cloning technology can replace his legs—for a price. Years before he was awakened, a clone, or ‘bud child,’ was created and is now a thriving young boy without language. Horrified by the prospect of his child being sacrificed to provide him with a new lower body, Larry opts to return to suspended animation. His child, ‘Dim Dever,’ is selected by the guiding world computer, ‘Olga’, to carry his ancient genes to a possible new colony on a planet orbiting Procyon.

Larry awakens again in a nightmare future. Far from the highly advanced past, now an enormous human population (possibly in the trillions) covers every inch of the planet. Technology and science have degraded, and all freely breeding species have been exterminated. The ‘Hive’ or human population within its computer-supported subterranean culture ruthlessly hunts, kills, and recycles anyone who does not conform.

As Larry is trying to adapt to his new life, without most of his own body or his ‘cyber’ torso, something re-awakens an ancient, half-derelict cyborg, the Godwhale of the title. This enormous ‘rake’ is an ocean-going biota harvester built in part from a genetically-modified blue whale. Initially attempting to rejoin human civilization, the Godwhale (named Rorqual Maru or ‘Whale Ship’ in Japanese) eventually teams up with a genetically modified clone of Larry, Larry himself, and an assortment of misfits and refugees from the Hive. Together they set out to try to find out what mysteriously brings ‘the marine biota’ back to the previously sterile oceans, while a tiny group from ‘the Hive’, the outcasts, and their cyber deities survive and thrive in the face of incredible bungling by the ‘Class One’ computer that manages humanity and the various castes of ‘Nebish’ humans brought into the fight.

(the above text copy/pastet from wikipedia … there seems to be no reprints available and the used copies offered on the net aren’t exactly cheap …)

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