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Genesis 

Genesis (1988)
A collection of poems by Frederick Turner

 
In Genesis, the UN appoints Chance Van Riebeck to lead a scientific survey of Mars. Using theories derived from the Gaia Hypothesis, his team clandestinely introduces genetically tailored bacteria into the Martian environment to begin transforming the planet into one habitable by human beings.

Earth is under the theocratic rule of the Ecotheist Movement, which divides human beings from the rest of nature. The Ecotheists regard all human interference with nature as evil; therefore, they consider the transformation of Mars to be a criminal act. So they capture Chance and his followers and put them on trial, which leads to war between the Martian colonists and Earth.

To complete their terraforming project, the colonists must locate the secret Lima Codex, which contains a genetic inventory of all Earthly lifeforms. The Codex is hidden somewhere on Earth, and their agents must hunt it down before the Ecotheists find it first.

The colonists, desperate for independence, threaten to drop a moonlet on the Earth, which would annihilate the planet. To save Earth, the Ecotheists agree to a truce that they have no intention of honoring - for they are plotting a sneak attack that will destroy both the colonists and the Codex.

Genesis is an ambitious tale filled with visionary ideas; peopled with prophets, fanatics, traitors, and tortured heroes; and taut with conflicts that mirror the moral issues we face today.

Originally published in 1988, Genesis was the first major work of fiction that addressed the idea of terraforming Mars. It not only suggested the idea, but provided a feasible solution for doing so. During its initial publication, Genesis was on the list of recommended reading at NASA, and has since gone on to enjoy a type of cult status. Its acknowledged list of admirers includes such literary luminaries as Brian Aldiss, Amy Clampitt, Arthur C. Clarke, Thomas M. Disch, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Merrill. It is with great pride that Ilium Press brings this influential and prescient work back into print.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1988 : Hardback
Title: Genesis: An Epic Poem
Author(s): Frederick Turner
ISBN: 0933071248 / 9780933071247 (USA edition)
Publisher: Saybrook Pub
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Paperback Editions

January 2012 : Paperback
Title: Genesis: An Epic Poem of the Terraforming of Mars
Author(s): Frederick Turner
ISBN: 0983300224 / 9780983300229
Publisher: The Ilium Press
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October 1988 : Paperback
Title: Genesis: An Epic Poem
Author(s): Frederic Turner
ISBN: 0933071264 / 9780933071261 (USA edition)
Publisher: Saybrook Publishing Company
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : Kindle edition
Title: Genesis: An Epic Poem of the Terraforming of Mars
Author(s): Frederick Turner
ISBN: B00731WUMK
Publisher: The Ilium Press
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