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  • Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Forge; Auflage: Reprint (September 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0765344637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765344632
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,6 x 17,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.081.689 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"F. Paul Wilson is among the finest storytellers of our time."-"Rocky Mountain News""What comes through most clearly . . . is the author's unself-conscious enthusiasm for the craft of storytelling. . . . He's a solid, dependable talent.""-San Francisco Chronicle" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Just a few hundred genes separate humans from chimpanzees. Imagine someone altering the chimp genome, splicing in human genes to increase the size of the cranium, reduce the amount of body hair, enable speech. What sort of creature would result? SIMS takes place in the very near future, when the science of genetics is fulfilling its vaunted potential. It's a world where genetically transmitted diseases are being eliminated. A world where dangerous of boring manual labour is being transferred to "sims", genetically altered chimps who occupy a gray zone between simian and human. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Torsten Scheib VINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 27. Oktober 2005
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Stellen Sie sich vor, sie müssten nonstop arbeiten. Von früh bis spät, von morgens bis abends. Ihre spärlich bemessene Freizeit verbringen sie gemeinsam mit Arbeitskollegen in einer viel zu kleinen Unterkunft und vor einem noch winzigeren Fernseher. Würde ihnen dass gefallen?
In F. Paul Wilsons neuestem Thriller, "Sims", ist dies genau die Ausgangsposition der titelgebenden Kreaturen - genauer gesagt, gentechnisch verbesserten Schimpansen, die buchstäblich als Arbeitstiere rund um den Globus ihr Aufgabe erfüllen, und zwar ohne Wenn und Aber.
Umso überraschter ist daher auch der junge und aufstrebende Rechtsanwalt Patrick Sullivan, als er während eines Treffens mit einem Mandanten von einem Sim auf seine Dienste angesprochen wird. Denn wie es scheint, sind die Sims gar nicht so dumm bzw. eingeschränkt in ihrem Denken. Die geplante Bildung einer Gewerkschaft, eigene Gesetze und Rechte inklusive, lässt jedenfalls den Schluss zu. Allerdings gibt es da ja noch SimGen, jene mächtige Firma, die die Sims erschaffen hat. Wie wird wohl deren Vorstand reagieren?
Für Sullivan ist die Sache jedenfalls sonnenklar: Die Aussicht nach Ruhm und Erfolg lassen ihn förmlich über Nacht zum gesetzlichen Vertreter der Sims werden. Doch viel zu schnell lernt Sullivan die hässlichen Seiten des Jobs kennen. Denn nicht jeder ist den Sims gut zugetan, und um jeden möglichen Erfolg zu vermeiden, schrecken die Gegner selbst vor kaltblütigem Mord nicht zurück. Sullivan jedoch gibt nicht auf. Gemeinsam mit der ebenso hübschen wie unerschrockenen Aktivistin Romy Cadman und dem mysteriösen Unbekannten namens Zero nimmt er schließlich den Kampf gegen seine Gegner auf - und damit auch gegen SimGen!
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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von enttäuschter Fan am 12. Mai 2003
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This book includes:
Sims one: LA CAUSA
Sims two: THE PORTERO METHOD
Sims three: MEERM
Sims four: ZERO
For Wilson-Fans, this information is more important than every word, I would write about the book (perhaps I'll do that, when I'm through). For me Francis Paul Wilson ist one of the greatest writers ...
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Scary peek into the future of genetics 28. Mai 2004
Von Eileen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It is the near future, and there have been amazing advances in genetics research. Through gene therapy, many diseases have been cured. The SimGen Corporation has now created a transgenic species called sims, part chimpanzee and part human, that are used as slave labor. Suddenly a group of sims working as caddies at a golf club want to unionize. They hire lawyer Patrick Sullivan to represent them, and he begins to ponder whether sims are entitled to human rights. He soon meets activist Romy Cadman and a mysterious masked man, simply called Zero, who are on a crusade to destroy SimGen and stop the creation of sims. While the three of them try to protect the sims, they come close to uncovering a sinister secret in SimGen, and the company will stop at nothing to deter them.
The reader is treated to a fascinating peek into a possible future for genetics research. This hypothetical forecast is not so far-fetched, however scary and unethical it might be. Transgenic animals, in which human genetic material is inserted into animal DNA, are already being created today for the benefit of humanity. Transgenic cows have been developed, and they have human proteins in their milk, such as insulin, that can be used by the pharmaceutical industry to treat human disease. Pigs with human DNA are being developed with the goal of future use in organ transplants. This novel carries genetic experimentation forward to a next logical step: transgenic primates. Where would such creatures stand in society? Would they be considered people or animals?
"Sims" was originally written as a series of novellas, but the story holds together seamlessly as a novel. Although very different from F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack novels, it is an excellent science thriller. At times the story line is a bit formulaic, a la Robin Cook, with an evil corporation twisting medical procedures for its own unspeakable ends and ruthlessly destroying those who stand in its path. But it touches on a fascinating subject, is fast-paced, and is full of edge-of-your-seat suspense. The ending has a surprising twist. I recommend this book not only as a riveting read but also as food for thought on the ethics of genetic manipulation.
Eileen Rieback
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SIMply ejoyable. 19. Mai 2001
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Sims takes place on Earth, but in an alternate time stream. On this Earth, the field of genetics is far ahead of what we have today. On this Earth gene splicing is a common occurrence. On this Earth, almost every major genetically transferred disease has been all but forgotten.
SimGen is the largest company in the world. How did they get there? They market genetically altered chimpanzees called SIMS. SimGen has found the genes that will allow these SIMS: limited speech, be larger in size, not reproduce, and yet be docile enough to work. SimGen leases their "product" to business throughout the world as cheap but efficient labor.
Not being happy with their fate, a group of SIMS has enlisted the aid of a lawyer named Patrick Sullivan to help them form a union. Could this be the start of the downfall of the giant corporation known as SimGen?
In Wilson's forward, he states that this is the first novella in what will probably comprise 5 or more books. Though not groundbreaking, this first novella sets the groundwork for what looks to be a solid series.
Currently, this book is only available as a signed limited edition through Cemetery Dance Publications. The print run was only 750 copies. So, if you can find one, snatch it up. There aren't many to go around. Future installments will likewise be the same. Hopefully in the future, there will be a mass-market paperback version so that a larger number of people could enjoy this book.
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Compelling and current 27. August 2003
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Patrick Sullivan is a lawyer, not an activist. If the country club managers hadn't been so rude and so contemptuous, he would have walked away from the sims seeking a union. In a moment of pique, however, he took on the clients and the case--and set himself up for a world of trouble. SimGen has become one of the largest corporations in America largely on the strength of one 'product.' A genetically altered species of chimpanzee, with human genes spliced in--the sim. Thanks to hardworking sims (engineered to work without complaining, without pay, and without weekends and holidays), the U.S. is able to compete with low-wage countries again, able to spare its 'humans' from the worst jobs, and able to enjoy an economic boom. When Patrick files his lawsuit, SimGen turns its legal and extra-legal weapons directly on him--because sims are property, and property cannot unionize, cannot petition the government, and certainly cannot be considered 'people' in any sense--not if SimGen is to stay in business. Worse, SimGen has powerful backers--backers that frighten even the corporation's founders. They don't like Patrick much either. Fortunately, Patrick finds a few allies--in an organization that is trying to eliminate the entire sim industry. But allies like that can get him killed too.
Author F. Paul Wilson has created a powerful and exciting story out of current headlines. In scientific circles, there is currently a debate about whether chimpanzees should be reclassified as part of genus homo--as part of the human family. They are, in fact, more closely related to humans than they are to gorillas. DNA research is inserting genes from one species into another--to produce insect resistant crops and specialty animals for medical research. Science could allow development of something like the sims, and allow it relatively soon. Wilson's fears about the government backing down to financial pressures and of secret government funding of projects is also based on current trends--the C.I.A. has even created a venture capital fund to promote research into areas of its interest. Wilson didn't even get into the heart of the problems of government agencies who have their own funding and no need to go to Congress for funding and authorization.
Wilson's strong writing propells the story forward. Although many of the plot twists are predictable, they are, nevertheless, enjoyable and satisfying. SIMS is hard to put down. I read it in a single sitting.
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Great thriller 26. Februar 2004
Von Craig Clarke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of F. Paul Wilson. Ever since I read the short story collection, Soft and Others and his first Adversary Cycle novel The Keep back in the 1980s, I've kept my eye out for every Wilson novel since. I especially enjoy the Repairman Jack series.
So when I saw that Wilson was releasing a set of novellas called Sims, I panicked because each one was $35 each and I knew I couldn't afford to get them all. Imagine my relief when I noticed that they had been combined into one volume.
Sims is a science thriller about gene splicing. Scientists, armed with the information that humans and chimps share 98.4% of their DNA, have hybridized the two into a new species, the sim. Sims are used primarily as servants, entirely owned by and leased from SimGen, a conglomerate owned by the two Sinclair brothers--Mercer and Ellis.
Lawyer Patrick Sullivan is asked one day by a sim to represent them in a suit to unionize all sims. When he accepts, all hell breaks loose. Who knew sims could think that way, does that make them more human than monkey?
Author F. Paul Wilson raises this question in others while keeping the story moving. He is at his best in this type of thriller. And there are lots of interesting characters along for the ride, not least the mysterious Zero who is leading the fight against SimGen. But why? And who is behind Zero, financing his ventures? All the questions are answered in the end.
Sims is a wild ride from one of the great modern authors, showing us he is still at the peak of his game. I can't wait for the next F. Paul Wilson thriller.
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Genetic tampering has horrifying results. 6. Mai 2003
Von E. Bukowsky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The time is the future. Through genetic manipulation, an underclass, part man and part chimpanzee, has been created for the purpose of serving man. This new creature, known as a "sim," is docile and has no desire for money or sex; he or she theoretically cannot procreate. For these reasons, sims make ideal servants and they are a source of enormous profit. SimGen is a multibillion-dollar corporation that has the exclusive right to create and lease these creatures. The owners will resort to anything, including violence, to keep the dollars rolling in.
Patrick Sullivan, a crafty labor lawyer, is shocked when he is approached by a sim who can read. This sim works at a golf club and he wants Patrick to form a union for sims. Patrick, along with a mysterious individual named Zero and a woman named Romy Cadman, risk their lives by fighting for the right of sims to be considered as individuals, not products.
Although, in lesser hands, this story could have come across as silly or maudlin, Wilson manages to imbue his novel with enough gentle humor, pathos, and suspense to make it work. "Sims" has its imperfections. At over four hundred pages, it is unnecessarily long and repetitious. The villains are stereotypes and they are unbelievably inept considering the resources at their disposal. However, the David and Goliath aspect of the novel has a certain appeal and Wilson is skilled at presenting fascinating scientific background about genetics. "Sims" is a timely and exciting novel about the danger of technology without morality.
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