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Homo Uniformis: man alike throughout - a centralised nervous system and a million years of genetic engineering have flushed out the old ways of war, disease, ritual and emotion. But the planet of Lysenka II is inhabited by the primitive descendants of the original space-ship colonists, and when a group of the system's elite become stranded in the wilderness they face a hor Homo Uniformis: man alike throughout - a centralised nervous system and a million years of genetic engineering have flushed out the old ways of war, disease, ritual and emotion.

But the planet of Lysenka II is inhabited by the primitive descendants of the original space-ship colonists, and when a group of the system's elite become stranded in the wilderness they face a horrifying threat to their survival. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 1st by House of Stratus first published May 25th More Details Original Title. Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novella Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Sort order. Brian Aldiss is the gateway drug to my science-fiction addiction. Enemies of the System was one of the first great sci-fi novels I ever read, at about age It was the first time I truly looked at the world around me, and saw what could be, what might be, and from there I was hooked. Enemies of the system is an amazing read, a story exploring the consequences of genetic manipulation, of a society based around the perfection of the human condition. But is it perfection to create a race entirely a Brian Aldiss is the gateway drug to my science-fiction addiction.

But is it perfection to create a race entirely alike, with only minor shades of grey between them? And in a utopia like this, where would a man, with thoughts and feeling of his own, with questions and ambitions and desires unlike those of his "cookie-cutter" fellows, find a place, if one exists?

I would recommend to anyone, especially anyone looking for a good sic-fi book. Una sociedad para la cual el capitalismo es un sistema que pertenece a las brumas de la historia. Usando un estilo bastante seco, al punto que es casi imposible identificarse con cualquier personaje de la novela, Aldiss lleva al lector a una serie de reflexiones en torno a las ideas que este pueda tener, no solo en torno al mejor modelo de sociedad posible, sino a la misma sociedad en la cual vivimos.

Feb 26, Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it. A brilliant short novel from Brian Aldiss. Very similar in subject matter to this week's episode of Doctor Who "Midnight" , as a small group of people in a surface train on a hostile alien planet get stranded in the middle of nowhere, and left to face both what's outside and their own natures.

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Though the character work is interesting, what will stay with me longest from this book are the portraits of devolved humans - a million years ago a colony ship crashed upon this energy-poor planet, and o A brilliant short novel from Brian Aldiss. Though the character work is interesting, what will stay with me longest from this book are the portraits of devolved humans - a million years ago a colony ship crashed upon this energy-poor planet, and over that time their descendants have adjusted to fill various niches in the food chain.

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Imagine a pig with an almost human face - and then imagine eating it! Jun 25, Flyss Williams rated it really liked it. Excellent futuristic novella following the story of a group of utopian tourists who travel to a primitive planet, which turns out to be populated by the devolved survivors of a capitalistic ship that crashed there millions of years before.

Interesting-- really interesting--exploration of humanity, but it also felt stilted and honestly, I'm just not sure what the point was, in the end. Interesting premise, executed well. Very worthwhile.

Set 1 million years into the future, homo uniformis have a utopian society based on sound scientific principles. They recognise the first communist society in Russia as their primitive forbears who first abolished capitalism and laid the foundations that made homo uniformis possible. Children are born from artificial wombs and raised free from the distortions and prejudices that parents would impose.

The vision is recognisably similar to Brave New World, but of course they do not worship Our For Set 1 million years into the future, homo uniformis have a utopian society based on sound scientific principles. Some members of the elite are rewarded with a trip to the planet Lysenko II.

There is no indigenous animal life on Lysenko II, but there are the degenerate descendants of a spaceship full of capitalists who crashlanded there hundreds of thousands of years ago. A sightseeing trip goes wrong, their bus crashes and they are taken prisoner by the primitives. This book is shot through with sly humour. The passengers have been paired off with each other according to scientific principles of compatibility, and on their flight to Lysenko II we are treated to perhaps one of the least erotic descriptions of coupling in literature. Aldiss paints an oblique picture of a stultifying totalitarian society that has made very little progress in 1 million years; other than the spaceship that takes them to Lysenko II there are no miracles of progress that would not have seemed familiar to readers in the s.

And for all their criticisms of capitalism and their primitive homo sapiens ancestors, it would seem their scientific society still has winners and losers. There's quite a lot to unpick in this slender book. View all 3 comments.