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SON OF MAN is a novel published in 1971.

Clay is man of the XXth century who has been suddenly thrust in a far future. He will make the acquaintance of a number of creatures who are all descendants of the human race but physiologically so different. He will explore a totally changed Earth whose Moon has disappeared and will be given added abilities in order to explore molecules as well as the solar system.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Time Travel:    -   largely forwards/future Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Given added abilities Time Travel story?    -   Yes Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens Story largely takes place in    -   Distant future

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Water    -   Mountains Which planet?    -   Jupiter    -   Saturn Earth setting:    -   distant future Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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