Xen: Ancient English Edition Book Summary and Study Guide

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Pawkey Seneschal is a misanthropic life scientist who struggles with his own xenophobia, his fear of others unlike his family and close associates, as well as his miserable marriage. Being an avid people watcher, while attending a conference in the city, he observes others on the subway, women at the conference and hotel. Pawkey does not having a scintilla of prejudice in his heart, but he can't suppress his first thoughts that are racist and sexist. He also mentally debates, in one of many streams of consciousness in the book, how people are manipulated by the propagandists and government that actually rule his world.
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In this allegory, which is framed as a Bet between Wind & Water, Water causes neurotransmitters to be released in Pawkey's brain while he is sleeping one night after the conference. Because of this change in brain chemistry, Pawkey awakens with an idea for a eugenics program that will resolve this xenophobia.

After ending his marriage, he implements this idea. Pawkey designs and executes experiments over many decades, solving the questions of cellular aging and death, the nature of thought and sentience, as well as the genetic origins of hate, love, greed, jealousy, rage, charity, and all the other aspects that distinguish mankind from other species, both good and bad. With this knowledge now at hand, he has the power to save or destroy mankind completely.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   change of heart Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   personality change Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   licking How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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