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Conceived on the planet CY30-CY30B, Manny is still in the womb when his mother Rybys and father Herb return to Earth. In a car collision, Rybys is killed and Herb thrown into a coma which lasts 10 years, but Manny is brought to term by a synthowomb and taken in hand by an old man named Elias Tate. Elias intends to protect the boy from the authorities, political and religious powers supported by the giant AI system known as Big Noodle, who have foreseen the threat posed by Manny and already tried to destroy him several times. Manny may be divine, but the violent circumstances of his birth have damaged his brain and he cannot remember his history. At a special school he meets a girl named Zina, who seems to be on his side, but he can't be sure. In his coma, Herb dreams of the past and alternate futures, and when he awakes he goes looking for Linda Fox, the singer whose hit music he used to program over the air from his dome on CY30-CY30B. This 1981 novel has references to Torah, Greek mythology, and Zen thrown into the mix.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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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 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   a kid If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   can see into the future

Setting

Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   empty, or nearly empty world    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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