soon, RejoovenEsense hoped to hit the market with the various
blends on offer. They'd be able to create totally chosen babies
that would incorporate any feature, physical or mental or spiritual,
that the buyer might wish to select. The present methods on
offer were very hit-or-miss, said Crake: certain hereditary
diseases could be screened out, true, but apart from that there
was a lot of spoilage, a lot of waste...."These are the
floor models," [said Crake.] "Not everyone will want
all the bells and whistles, we know that. Though you'd be surprised
how many people would like a very beautiful, smart baby that
eats nothing but grass. The vegans are highly interested in
that little item. We've done our market research."
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake, pages 304-5
Summer ReadingGenetic CrossroadsJune 9th, 2003The mini-reviews here represent a sampling of recent works focused on the technologies and ideologies that could push us into a "post-human" era.