Morgan, Richard K. -- Thirteen
I continue to love Morgan's thriller-plotting -- this starts with a
serial killer on a Mars-Earth sleeper ship, and slowly works its way
around about 540 degrees of plot twist. However, it's set on a base
of gender and genetic essentialism which is downright painful to read.
When the characters start lecturing each other about how feminized
modern society is, and how everything important comes down to brain
wiring, it's hard to remember that the non-didactic parts of the book
had some merits. The SF gimmickry -- gene-engineered
more-alpha-than-thou males and fuck-toy "bonobo" females -- are
supposed to highlight the lectures, which is a shame, because they
make perfectly adequate SF gimmickry while the plot is going on.
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