Inherit The Earth
Copyright 1998 by
I first read this in April 2001.
A hundred years from now, after plagues, a holocaust and worldwide
sterility, humankind is renewing itself in a near-Utopia. There are
artificial wombs and ever-improving life-enhancement techniques that
may allow the children to live forever, surviving and recovering
cleanly from injuries that would have meant death or permanent
disabilities in the past.
Damon Hart is the son of the man primarily responsible for saving
humankind. However he doesn't enjoy the fame of his heritage and he
tries to live anonymously as far as possible from the shadow cast by his
late, great father.
So far he's had an interesting life achieving some fame as a
street-fighter. He has now settled into a more mature career of software
designer (the logic of this surprising progression being clearly
explained in the novel). Essentially he's quite a cool dude.
Now something's going on, people are trying to kill or kidnap him.
Furthermore, and ridiculously from his point of view, some people seem
to think his father is still alive and furthermore that young Damon
actually is his father. One can see immediately that this is going
to entail Damon in a lot of blundering around.
I have never been a great fan of Stapleford. He's a good writer, but
not quite my in style. I doubt I'll reread it. .
What's it got? Nanotechnology, life-extension and some long arguments
about the morality of government. All well and good, just not exactly
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.