Accidental Creatures by Anne Harris

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Anne Harris returns with an outstanding look at the near future. Never before has her technological insight been so acute, or her portrayal of sex and gender issues more startling or insightful.

A bio-technology corporation has created a new species, intelligent, four-armed, humanoid "tetras" who can live in the vats in which "the company" grows biopolymers. Both the tetras and the human vat-divers they were created to replace are at the mercy of vicious corporate politics. But soon the victims become the aggressors, and something amazing, a transcendent change, occurs not only in their lives, but throughout the world. Anne Harris has created an extraordinary, breathtaking vision of the future.

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About Anne Harris

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Anne Harris won the 1999 Spectrum Award for her novel, Accidental Creatures. Her previous novel, The Nature of Smoke, was praised as "an impressive debut" by Publishers Weekly. She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Published October 6, 2000 by Tor Books. 282 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Halfway through the book, Harris switches genres and reveals in a few summary pages that Helix has been spawned by Lilith, a creature biologically engineered for vat diving who has taken on the qualities of a primeval goddess and rebelled against GeneSys, now understood to be a sort of rival god.

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SF Site

Grow med -- growth medium -- shimmers rich and fertile in the vats that give the Vattown neighbourhood of Detroit its name.

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Long time SF fans like myself will probably have difficulty deciding what to make of Accidental Creatures -- a book that is SF but doesn't feel much like SF.

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Strange Horizons

It is Chango who rescues her and hides her in the marginal society of Vattown.

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