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Days of Wonder: 10/05/08
"Days of Wonder" by Geoff Ryman takes artificial chromosomes as its starting point, creating a story based on human-animal hybrids whose bodies contain "Ark genes" to help repopulate the Earth.
Akwa, groom-mate to Leveza narrates this tale of drought, food shortages and flight from the Cats. Akwa and Leveza are Horses with human ancestry. They can walk upright if they want, can talk and make basic tools. Leveza's child, though, who looks more human than any child Akwa can remember is the first hint of the answers hidden away in their genes.
It takes a while for "Days of Wonder" to get going. The primitive language and made up words make for awkward reading. The language is a way to illustrate how much things have changed and how much information has been forgotten but it just never quite works.