Welcome, Chaos

By Kate Wilhelm
Read by Johanna Ward

11.02 Hours 06/26/2005 unabridged
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What would happen to the precarious balance of power if scientists could extend life for centuries? If one power bloc had biological protection against radiation and the other did not? Whose thumb would press the button first? When Lyle Taney took leave from her teaching job to live high in the mountains, researching the ways of eagles, she was just planning to write her next book. Lasater was an unscrupulous, skilled operative who thought he could maneuver her as he pleased. He believed women were incapable of making ethical or moral decisions—and he was wrong. When the obscure government agent from an anonymous department tried to force Lyle to spy on her mysterious neighbors, she resisted. But the first step had been taken, involving her in a life-and-death struggle.

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Summary

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A 1984 Locus Award Nominee

What would happen to the precarious balance of power if scientists could extend life for centuries? If one power bloc had biological protection against radiation and the other did not? Whose thumb would press the button first?

When Lyle Taney took leave from her teaching job to live high in the mountains, researching the ways of eagles, she was just planning to write her next book. Lasater was an unscrupulous, skilled operative who thought he could maneuver her as he pleased. He believed women were incapable of making ethical or moral decisions—and he was wrong. When the obscure government agent from an anonymous department tried to force Lyle to spy on her mysterious neighbors, she resisted. But the first step had been taken, involving her in a life-and-death struggle.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliant tour de force…serious science fiction skillfully blended with elements of the suspense novel. Behind the narrative loom the questions raised in the Faust legend and in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: are the dangers of unlocking nature’s secrets so great that limits should be imposed on the inquiring mind? And who is to decide?” New York Times 
“Johanna Ward reads this genre-crossing novel with panache and aplomb…Ward’s tense tone and excellent pacing build suspense as the story’s scope broadens.” AudioFile
“An excellent and thought-provoking read.” School Library Journal
“Enhanced by Wilhelm’s spare, limpid prose: a quiet…serious blend of SF, morality play, and global politics.” Kirkus Reviews
“A compelling psychological drama…poses questions that have a clear relevance to today’s world.” Large Print Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Kate Wilhelm

Kate Wilhelm is the bestselling author of dozens of novels and short-story collections. Among her novels are the popular courtroom thrillers featuring attorney Barbara Holloway. Her other works include the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 11.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English