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Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction — is it worse than the disease?

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps, a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and to test our spouses for genetic maladies.

We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes...

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn.

Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and the bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

The future is closer than you think.

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"As I read Michael Crichton's new techno-thriller, I kept thinking about those carnival midways I explored as a lad in Texas. You know, the kind where pitchmen stand outside tents and yell, 'Step right up, folks, only 25 cents, come see the Fat Lady, come see Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy!' Crichton wants to warn us about the dangers of genetic engineering, but he's also a big-league novelist determined... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"It's tempting to stop and look up each of the genetic, legal and ethical aberrations described here in order to see how wild a strain of science fiction is afoot. Save a step. Just believe this: Oddity after oddity in Next checks out." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"If you didn't care for Crichton's last two techno-novels...it's time to kiss and make up. He's in top form." USA Today

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"Next is a novel about the implications of genetic research...a subject that requires all of Crichton's ingenuity to be stuffed into 400 or so pages along with all the sex, violence and skulduggery that the genre demands." Los Angeles Times

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"[T]he most unintentionally rib-tickling book Crichton has ever written....All we're left with are a few intriguing factoids and unintended comedy. Sometimes these coalesce in a gift bag of priceless bad writing. (Grade: C-)" Entertainment Weekly

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"The world according to Crichton is filled with enough scheming scientists to drive a dozen horror movies....But Crichton manages to bring these diverse elements together by novel's end." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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"In his latest work of fiction, Mr. Crichton has embraced the subject of genetic technology, and the results are as entertaining as anything he has written since Jurassic Park." Dallas Morning News

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"The book is in effect a collection of short horror stories from the biotechnology industry....Mr. Crichton cleverly subverts some stereotypes." Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

In his brilliant new blockbuster, the New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain journeys into the realm of genetics: fast, furious and out of control. Provocative yet playful, dark and disturbing, Next is Crichton as he has never been seen before.

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Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future. It's the world right now.

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The New York Times bestselling author of Daemon and “heir to Michael Crichton” (Publishers Weekly) imagines a world in which decades of technological advancements have been suppressed—and are about to be unleashed— in a massive upheaval that could destroy the planet.

Is Facebook really humankinds most significant technological advance since the moon landing? Or can something more sinister explain the lack of major breakthroughs over the last forty years?

Particle physicist John Grady is ecstatic when his team finally achieves what its been working toward for years: technology that makes antigravity possible. It is Nobel Prize–caliber work, the crowning achievement of a career. He expects celebration. Instead, his lab is locked down by a secret government group. According to the Bureau of Technology Control, his discovery imperils the very existence of the human race.

Naturally, Grady asks why. Consequences, comes the answer: The world isnt ready for disruptive technologies and the unchecked population growth that would result. When he balks, the BTC throws Grady into a highly advanced prison built to hold the worlds most intelligent scientists. With so many geniuses shackled together, can they discover a way out of their island detention—and a way to usher our world out of its artificial dark age—without endangering the planet for generations to come?

About the Author

Michael Crichton is best known for the novels Jurassic Park and State of Fear. He is also the creator of the television series ER. The first of his controversial novels was published while he was still in medical school.

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hari.inamadugu, October 23, 2006 (view all comments by hari.inamadugu)
i am eagerly waiting to get hold of this book.michael crichton is my favourite author.i read almost all of his novels.and i hope this one is also as good as his old novels.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060872984
Author:
Crichton, Michael
Publisher:
Harper Torch
Author:
by Michael Crichton
Author:
Schreiber, Ellen
Author:
Suarez, Daniel
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Technological
Subject:
Mutation (Biology)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Vampire Kisses
Publication Date:
November 28, 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.35 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 448 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060872984 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It's tempting to stop and look up each of the genetic, legal and ethical aberrations described here in order to see how wild a strain of science fiction is afoot. Save a step. Just believe this: Oddity after oddity in Next checks out."
"Review" by , "If you didn't care for Crichton's last two techno-novels...it's time to kiss and make up. He's in top form."
"Review" by , "Next is a novel about the implications of genetic research...a subject that requires all of Crichton's ingenuity to be stuffed into 400 or so pages along with all the sex, violence and skulduggery that the genre demands."
"Review" by , "[T]he most unintentionally rib-tickling book Crichton has ever written....All we're left with are a few intriguing factoids and unintended comedy. Sometimes these coalesce in a gift bag of priceless bad writing. (Grade: C-)"
"Review" by , "The world according to Crichton is filled with enough scheming scientists to drive a dozen horror movies....But Crichton manages to bring these diverse elements together by novel's end."
"Review" by , "In his latest work of fiction, Mr. Crichton has embraced the subject of genetic technology, and the results are as entertaining as anything he has written since Jurassic Park."
"Review" by , "The book is in effect a collection of short horror stories from the biotechnology industry....Mr. Crichton cleverly subverts some stereotypes."
"Synopsis" by , In his brilliant new blockbuster, the New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain journeys into the realm of genetics: fast, furious and out of control. Provocative yet playful, dark and disturbing, Next is Crichton as he has never been seen before.
"Synopsis" by , Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future. It's the world right now.
"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestselling author of Daemon and “heir to Michael Crichton” (Publishers Weekly) imagines a world in which decades of technological advancements have been suppressed—and are about to be unleashed— in a massive upheaval that could destroy the planet.

Is Facebook really humankinds most significant technological advance since the moon landing? Or can something more sinister explain the lack of major breakthroughs over the last forty years?

Particle physicist John Grady is ecstatic when his team finally achieves what its been working toward for years: technology that makes antigravity possible. It is Nobel Prize–caliber work, the crowning achievement of a career. He expects celebration. Instead, his lab is locked down by a secret government group. According to the Bureau of Technology Control, his discovery imperils the very existence of the human race.

Naturally, Grady asks why. Consequences, comes the answer: The world isnt ready for disruptive technologies and the unchecked population growth that would result. When he balks, the BTC throws Grady into a highly advanced prison built to hold the worlds most intelligent scientists. With so many geniuses shackled together, can they discover a way out of their island detention—and a way to usher our world out of its artificial dark age—without endangering the planet for generations to come?

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