The Wild Boy by Warren Rochelle

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Humans have domesticated animals for thousands of years; in this novel, a spacefaring race descends on Earth to domesticate humankind. The Lindauzi came to Earth at the turn of the millennium with a mission to breed humans to become their emotional symbionts. Technically superior, within a generation the Lindauzi dominate the Earth, running a breeding program designed to produce humans capable of full emotional symbiosis. This is the story of Ilox, a human raised by the Lindauzi, his banishment and adoption by a tribe of wild humans, and his eventual reunion with his Lindauzi bond-mate, Phlarx. While alien invasion is a common plot in science fiction, this fresh voice breathes new life into such a story, focusing on the theme of what it means to be human.

About Warren Rochelle

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Warren Rochelle is the author of Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in Aboriginal Science Fiction, Beyond the Third Planet, Crucible, and Romance and Beyond. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Published September 1, 2001 by Golden Gryphon Press. 270 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rochelle contrasts Caleb's quest with ironic flashbacks of Ilox's awkward, but ultimately loving, bond with a Lindauzi prince, Phlarx, who eventually commands the breeding program.

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This literary first novel from Rochelle, who's published short fiction and poetry in Aboriginal Science Fiction and other genre journals, updates a classic SF plot: aliens conquer Earth because they have a use for humans.

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