Not so animated men

Cyborgs #1-#3
Eve Langlais
paranormal, sci-fi, genetic engineering
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(17 Sept. 2016)

The cyborgs started out as human, people with lives, love and family. Then their country changed them. Made them in to something different and wiped their past. But they can't take away how they feel. In C791, Joe starts a revolution and brings his people together to find answers. What he finds instead is love. Poor F814 thought herself a robot, defective and unique among her kind, until a cyborg teaches her how to live again. When a geeky cyborg meets B785, a robotic princess, circuit boards sizzle.

I never finished book 1! I got 25% through where there was an interesting twist but not sufficient to keep me reading. When I realised that there would be nothing more that ultra alpha males and fighting and….


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Out we go into Space!

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Feisty Princess #1
Erica Conroy
Plutoid Press
(12 Nov. 2013)

Feisty princess

These are the voyages of the spaceship Feisty Princess.

Archaeologist Vikki Jacobs finds herself battered, bruised and in unfortunate need of help. She's been double-crossed and left for dead on a spaceship set to self-destruct. Even with odds stacked against her, she's determined to kick the ass of the man responsible and retrieve what he stole.

Enter the polar opposite half-Duarr twins, Will and Xan. Childhood friends who offer their support—and Xan's spaceship the Feisty Princess—to help her achieve her goal. But they're no longer the boys she used to boss around when they were kids. They've grown up and bring baggage and hormones into the fray...

Join the reunited friends as they hunt down the bastard who double-crossed Vikki and kick his ass!

I used to love Science Fiction – in fact I still do, but so much I read is derivative of the Masters.  Where is the next Frank Herbert and Dune? Where is Arthur C Clarke?

This author is not there yet. Good try but not quite good enough for me to read book 2.

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Flap your wings little butterfly and chaos comes

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The Infinity Gene #1
Sue Wyshynski
Whitman Books
October 15, 2015

A quiet vacation turns exhilarating when Aeris meets the alluring and mysterious Hunter Cayman.

Usually when an author references a Butterfly it the old - ‘ a butterfly flaps its wings and chaos comes’; this is also true here but we are also looking more deeply into how a caterpillar s transformed into a butterfly. What happens inside that cocoon that changes the caterpillar into a butterfly? Or that changes the larvae living in water into the best hunter on this planet - a dragonfly? Have you ever watched one hatch from its cocoon on the side of a rush in your pond? It crawls out slowly and painfully and damp. It then sits in the sun for a while and then spreads its wings to dry and then suddenly there it is in its full glory, a creature that has 4 independently moveable wings and that can sense where its prey will be in the future and intercept them there.

What does all of the above have to do with this book?

Well the concept of the infinity gene is based on the scientific knowledge we could have of how the transformation takes place within that cocoon. How can cells completely change their operation? Well in fact they do so occasionally in humans. Take cancer. This is a cell transformation. It is just that we don’t completely transform all our cells at once, which is what a butterfly or dragonfly does.

If we could, than could we go back to a different age? Could all our aging cells or our cancerous cells be transformed back into young cells or non-cancerous cells?

Would we want to? Would an infinite life be good? Initially, especially if we remained young and whole with no diseases and all the vigour of your youth, we might think so. But isn’t it the same premise, as would you like to live in heaven, where nothing ever changes, including yourself? Would you not get bored with life?  It is true, that if you lived for thousands of years you could become rich indeed, but you would also have seen every play ever performed at least once, seen every painting in the world, been to every museum, every cit, every country and resort, every hotel if you were so inclined and so on. Experienced every emotion and fallen in love many times, especially as if you were immortal and those around you weren’t....

So we can wax philosophical about infinity in the same body and whether it is something we might want. And what would be the price we would be prepared to pay to achieve it.

In this book a solution is offered as how to achieve it, but those who have been so transformed into infinite immortals are not so keen on it, and certainly don’t want to spread it around for it has other effects on the human body than just immortality. And these effects in the wrong hands might be disastrous.

A book that tells a story but it was more about the concept for me and so thought provoking in its own way

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