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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