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The hormone jungle
Reed, Robert, 1956-
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Publication Information:
New York : D.I. Fine, [1987]

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Author Notes

Robert Reed is an American science fiction author. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 9, 1956, and received a B.S. in Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1987. He worked as a lab technician for several years, before being able to earn his living as a full-time author.

Reed has won numerous literary awards throughout his prolific career, most notably, the Hugo Award in 2007 for his novella, A Billion Eyes. His other titles include: The Memory of Sky, The Greatship, The Cuckoo's Boys, Sister Alice, The Well of Stars, and Marrow.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reed's second novel, like his first, The Leeshore (Booklist 83:1253 Ap 15 87), is a triumph of world building. Set on an overcrowded, decadent future Earth, the protagonists are a tough troubleshooter and a female android designed as a pleasure toy. The resemblance to the work of Philip K. Dick-in particular, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the basis for the film Blade Runner)-is pronounced, and Reed is still something less than a complete master of narrative technique. He is definitely a writer to watch, however, and this book is a desirable acquisition for active sf collections. RG. [OCLC] 87-46033

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the cyberpunk future of Reed's second novel (after The Leeshore), the terraforming of planets and moons has been matched by the genetic engineering of the human form to adapt to new environments. The divisiveness and prejudices provoked by the new races are minor, compared to the contempt most have for the new underclass these technologies have spawned, consisting of computer-generated personalities and test-tube creations. When one of the latter, a Flower (the name for a DNA-sculpted mistress) called Luscious Chiffon, runs away from her owner, she falls under the protection of Steward, a warrior from primitive northern Yellowknife who works as a sort of freelance private eye. This romantic noir tale of stock types plays out against Reed's intelligent, flavorful background and his astuteness for social and cultural nuances. (February) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved