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Mark Budz

Autor(a) de Clade

9+ Works 392 Membros 11 Críticas


Obras por Mark Budz

Clade (2003) 174 exemplares, 2 críticas
Idolon (2006) 81 exemplares, 8 críticas
Crache (2004) 73 exemplares
Till Human Voices Wake Us (2007) 58 exemplares, 1 crítica
The War Inside 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Tales from Jabba's Palace (1995) — Contribuidor — 1,294 exemplares, 12 críticas
Seeds of Change (2008) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares, 5 críticas
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume VIII (1992) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares, 1 crítica
Rat Tales (1994) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Read the book a few years back, but what I remember is that Mark Budz has probably created a whole new sub-genre - biopunk (coined by K. J. Anderson). Sure,– there are loads of scifi novels out there with elements of bioengineering of one sort or another, but Clade is soaking in the stuff, with a myriad of novel uses of technology/bioengineering, interesting new ideas and possibilities previously not encountered (at least by me).
It really is appropriate to compare it to the works of early William Gibson, except now concentrating on and thoroughly exploring the development and uses of bio-chemistry, -computing and -encryption, and generally -engineering.
In short - The novelty of ideas did it for me.
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Vvolodymyr | 1 outra crítica | Oct 14, 2012 |
The premise: ganked from BN.com: In a world where image is everything, where the past is more real than the present, the rich can reprogram everything -- and cast themselves in the starring roles. Everyone else is nothing but an extra....

As part of the supporting cast, Pelayo survives as a test subject for the latest electronic skin and philm technology, which brings past trends and famous people to vivid life on his body. His cousin Marta works at a cinematique offering cheap skincense, image grafts, and nanimatronics. That’s where she meets Nadice, an indentured worker smuggling illegal ware to escape an exclusive resort specializing in kitschy environs. But Nadice is hiding something far more contraband: a forbidden pregnancy she can’t explain but is determined to protect. When Marta tries to help, both women disappear.

While Pelayo searches for his cousin, homicide detective Kasuo van Dijk investigates a mysterious death that may involve a new kind of e-skin -- mass-mediated ware that will lead him to Marta, Nadice, her employer -- and a diabolical plan to deliver humanity kicking and screaming into a frightening new age of information....

My Rating: Worth Reading, with Reservations

I'm glad I finally got around to reading this book and I hope to read more by this author. While there's no doubt that some of the tech explanations went over my head and therefore affected my enjoyment of the book's resolution (as I spent a lot of time scratching my head and going "Wha…?" and then rolling with it), I was fascinated by the story and the characters. I was fascinated to learn what was happening and why and what the implications were for humanity. The book is a murder mystery, an SF thriller, and even a religious commentary, with a strong technological slant. It's fascinating, even if it did occasionally go over my head. Next time I read Budz's work, I'll know to slow down a bit. :)

Spoilers, yay or nay?: Nay. The book is complex enough that even after finishing, I'm not entirely sure I know what happened or why, so it's easy not to spoil this for you. The full review is in my blog, and as always, comments and discussion are most welcome.


Happy Reading!
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devilwrites | 7 outras críticas | Mar 5, 2012 |
Good plot and concept. Took a while o get started though.
gregandlarry | Jul 19, 2010 |
I didn't finish this. Way, waaaaay too much info dump and jargon. If you have to spend that much time and that many specialized words on your idea, it's too complicated for a story.
greylistening | 7 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2010 |


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