Works of Thy Hands

Author: Seal, Gyla Beth; Taylor, January

Subjects: Science Fiction; Relationships; Genetics

Age: 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2990

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2990S

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Finalist, 1997 Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Science Fiction

“...feels more ‘serious’ than science fiction...powerful.” – Locus Magazine

A young man discovers that his mother, a scientist, has been working secretly on a DNA project and has successfully bred children—two boys and a girl. Throughout their childhood, the three youngsters had no idea that they were artificial creations. They believed that they were the natural children of their mother and her professor husband. Mother was always emotionally cold toward them yet completely involved with them. She chronicled their every move, their triumphs, and their slightest sniffles. The three children were far superior to their peers, and as they grew into adulthood, they could be counted on to excel. Now, in emotional limbo as young adults, the two boys find themselves involved with young women, while their sister seeks comfort in the church. One of the boys begins to explore his origins, only to find a long series of scientific articles by his mother. She has applied for patent numbers rather than birth certificates for the three.

Forbidden by their mother ever to think of marriage, the older boy rebelliously announces his engagement, while the other falls for the charms of a young woman and gets her pregnant. The couple flees to the Earth colony on Mars to have the child. His mother sues for the return of her property, thus setting the stage for a brilliant courtroom battle. The trial is held with high-powered advocates arguing the case for the scientist and her associates. Issues of being and life, human rights and property rights are raised. The young man’s lawyer is superb. The court sets a legal definition, and new direction for humanity begins.

This is science fiction at its best—exploring the fundamental issues of the human condition.

Finalist, 1997 Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Science Fiction

“...feels more ‘serious’ than science fiction...powerful.” – Locus Magazine

A young man discovers that his mother, a scientist, has been working secretly on a DNA project and has successfully bred children—two boys and a girl. Throughout their childhood, the three youngsters had no idea that they were artificial creations. They believed that they were the natural children of their mother and her professor husband. Mother was always emotionally cold toward them yet completely involved with them. She chronicled their every move, their triumphs, and their slightest sniffles. The three children were far superior to their peers, and as they grew into adulthood, they could be counted on to excel. Now, in emotional limbo as young adults, the two boys find themselves involved with young women, while their sister seeks comfort in the church. One of the boys begins to explore his origins, only to find a long series of scientific articles by his mother. She has applied for patent numbers rather than birth certificates for the three.

Forbidden by their mother ever to think of marriage, the older boy rebelliously announces his engagement, while the other falls for the charms of a young woman and gets her pregnant. The couple flees to the Earth colony on Mars to have the child. His mother sues for the return of her property, thus setting the stage for a brilliant courtroom battle. The trial is held with high-powered advocates arguing the case for the scientist and her associates. Issues of being and life, human rights and property rights are raised. The young man’s lawyer is superb. The court sets a legal definition, and new direction for humanity begins.

This is science fiction at its best—exploring the fundamental issues of the human condition.

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