|This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, "The Games" envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than readers think.|
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This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.
Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. Silas lives and breathes genetics; his designs have led the United States to the gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas's boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten.
The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. Not even Silas, with all his genius and experience, can understand the horror he had a hand in making. And no one, he fears, can anticipate the consequences of entrusting the act of creation to a computer's cold logic.
Now Silas races to understand what the computer has wrought, aided by a beautiful xenobiologist, Vidonia João. Yet as the fast-growing gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and?most disquietingly?intelligence, Silas and Vidonia find their scientific curiosity giving way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.
"Exacting science and meticulous attention to detail provide the backbone for this thriller, which blends the best of Crichton and Koontz." (starred review) 01/16/2012 "The human characters capture our interest . . . but it's the genetically engineered gladiator that keeps us racing through the pages." (starred review) - David Pitts 02/01/2012