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Fiction

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Feed - M. T. Anderson
Call Number: Fic Anderson
ISBN: 0763617261
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

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The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
Call Number: Fic Atwood
ISBN: 0385528779
In this companion novel to Oryx and Crake, Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside a sex club, and Toby, barricaded in a luxurious spa, both live through the biological disaster predicted by God's Gardeners, a group dedicated to the melding of science and religion, and, with a handful of other survivors, try to figure out how to live in a new, very different world.

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The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Call Number: Fic Atwood
ISBN: 0449212602
Set in the near future, America has become a puritanical theocracy and Offred tells her story as a Handmaid under the new social order.

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Ship Breaker - Paolo Bacigalupi
Call Number: Fic Bacigalupi
ISBN: 0316056219
In a futuristic world, teenager Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

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Red Rising - Pierce Brown
Call Number: Fic Brown
Darrow, a Red, which is the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future, joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy after witnessing the execution of his wife.

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A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Call Number: Fic Burgess
ISBN: 0393343049
A vicious 15-year-old is the central character is this 1963 classic. Alex tells his story in a brutal invented slang that compliments Burgess's nightmare vision of the future. This edition includes the controversial chapter not published in the first edition.

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Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Call Number: Fic Card
ISBN: 0765317389
Young Ender Wiggin may prove to be the military genius Earth needs to fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race that will determine the future of the human race.

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The Reader - Traci Chee
Call Number: Fic Chee
Set in a world where reading is not known, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the night her father was murdered.

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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Call Number: Fic Cline
ISBN: 030788743X
In the year 2044, Wade Watts, like the rest of humanity, chooses to escape reality and spends his waking hours in the limitless, utopian virtual world of the OASIS, but when Wade stumbles upon the first of the fiendish puzzles set up by OASIS creator James Halliday he finds he must compete with thousands of others--including those willing to commit murder--in order to claim a prize of massive fortune.

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Matched - Ally Condie
Call Number: Fic Condie
ISBN: 0525423648
Cassia has always had complete trust in the Society to make decisions for her, but when she is being paired with her ideal mate, a second face flashes on the screen, and Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility as she tries to decide which man she truly loves.

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The Maze Runner - James Dashner
Call Number: Fic Dashner
ISBN: 0385737947
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

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Underworld - Don DeLillo
Call Number: Fic DeLillo
ISBN: 0684842696
A 1950s teenage hood from New York is transformed by the Jesuits into a respectable man, managing hazardous waste. A portrait of the decade from the viewpoint of the garbage industry.

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
Call Number: Fic Dick
ISBN: 0345404475
In January 2021, years after World War Terminus has destroyed the planet, bounty hunter Rick Deckard remains on the Earth pursuing his vocation of hunting down and killing rogue androids.

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Little Brother - Cory Doctorow
Call Number: Fic Doctorow
ISBN: 0765319853
Interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus is released into what is now a police state, and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

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The End of the World - Martin H. Greenberg (Editor); Robert Silverberg (Introduction by)
Call Number: Fic End
A collection of science fiction stories about the apocalypse, including stories by Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, and Poul Anderson.

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Incarceron - Catherine Fisher
Call Number: Fic Fisher
ISBN: 0803733968
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

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Neuromancer - William Gibson
Call Number: Fic Gibson
ISBN: 0441012035
Case, a nerve-damaged data thief, is recruited by a new employer for a last-chance run against a powerful artificial intelligence.

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Children of Eden - Joey Graceffa
Call Number: Fic Graceffa
Rowan, an illegal second child outside of Eden, where population controls make her an outlaw, has been hidden away by her parents all her life. Desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for a night of adventure only to turn into a renegade on the run.

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Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Call Number: Fic Huxley
ISBN: 0060929871
A satirical novel about the utopia of the future, a world in which babies are decanted from bottles and the great Ford is worshipped.

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Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Call Number: Fic Ishiguro
ISBN: 1400078776
Thirty-one-year-old Kathy, along with old friends from Hailsham, a private school in England, are forced to face the truth about their childhood when they all come together again.

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The Stand - Stephen King
Call Number: Fic King
ISBN: 0385199570
King's vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in a struggle between good and evil.

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The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Call Number: Fic Le
ISBN: 0802713025
n official from an interplanetary federation is called in to arbitrate peace on a planet whose inhabitants are technically advanced, androgynous, and have telepathic powers.

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The Iron Heel - Jack London
Call Number: Fic London
ISBN: 0143039717
Ernest Everhard, a young Revolutionary Socialist, fights against the powerful state organization known as The Iron Heel, whose goal is to crush the working class at any cost, so that he and his wife can live freely.

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Legend - Marie Lu
Call Number: Fic Lu
ISBN: 039925675X
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

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Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
Call Number: Fic Mandel
A Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors are roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out of the window as cars clog the highways and gunshots ring out.

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I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
Call Number: Fic Matheson
ISBN: 0765318741
Robert Neville, the last living man on an Earth in which every other man, woman, and child has become a vampire, struggles to survive, scavenging for food and supplies and desperately searching for other survivors and trying to avoid the evil that lurks in the shadows. Includes ten additional short horror stories.

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The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Call Number: Fic McCarthy
ISBN: 0307387895
Traces the journey of a father and his son as they walk alone after a great fire has consumed the nation and left everything in ashes.

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Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Call Number: Fic Mitchell
ISBN: 0375507256
A collection of disparate characters from different countries and centuries find their stories linked through a bizarre series of events.

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Hater - David Moody
Call Number: Fic Moody
ISBN: 0312384831
Danny McCoyne, a minor bureaucrat in an English city, struggles to keep his family safe when an unexplained upsurge in violence in which ordinary people mysteriously turn on each other, sweeps the country.

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The Country of Ice Cream Star - Sandra Newman
Call Number: Fic Newman
In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Theirs is a world of children; before reaching the age of twenty, they all die of a strange disease they call Posies, a plague that has killed for generations. There is no medicine, no treatment; only the mysterious rumor of a cure. When her brother begins showing signs of the disease, Ice Cream Star sets off on a bold journey to find this cure.

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Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Call Number: Fic Rand
ISBN: 0525948929
Capitalists Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden are "Atlases" of industry trying to keep the economy from crumbling in a devastated communist America. Will the sudden arrival of the mysterious John Galt and his ideas for a revolution tip the balance in favor of the hardworking people?

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Anthem - Ayn Rand
Call Number: Fic Rand
ISBN: 087004124X
"Anthem" is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (the use of the word "I" or "Ego" is punishable by death).

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
Call Number: Fic Ryan
ISBN: 0385906315
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

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Blindness - José Saramago; Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Saramago
ISBN: 0151002517
Chaos ensues when a city is struck with a spreading epidemic of blindness in which the victims see only white. All of them are locked in an asylum by the authorities. One, a doctor, is taken care of by his wife, who has so far retained her sight, but faked blindness to join her husband.

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Lock In - John Scalzi
Call Number: Fic Scalzi
A new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves "locked in"--fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. Then FBI agent Chris Shane is teamed up with veteran agent Leslie Vann to solve a murder. Is there a connection to the "locked in" victims?

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Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
Call Number: Fic Shteyngart
Thirty-nine-year-old Lenny Abramov totally loves books, but he's living in a functionally illiterate society in which books are not valued, immortality is highly sought after, and there's a credit crisis going on. Then he falls head over heels in love with the cruel but cute twenty-four-year-old Eunice Park and attempts to convince her that holding on to one's humanity in a cruel world is still important.

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Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
Call Number: Fic Shteyngart
ISBN: 1400066409
Thirty-nine-year-old Lenny Abramov totally loves books, but he's living in a functionally illiterate society in which books are not valued, immortality is highly sought after, and there's a credit crisis going on. Then he falls head over heels in love with the cruel but cute twenty-four-year-old Eunice Park and attempts to convince her that holding on to one's humanity in a cruel world is still important.

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Scythe - Neal Shusterman
Call Number: Fic Shusterman
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.

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Infected - Scott Sigler
Call Number: Fic Sigler
ISBN: 0307406105
Perry Dawsey, an ex-football player, wakes up infected by a strange disease and hearing voices, while CIA agent Dew Phillips and CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya try to find and analyze a live victim of the parasite that is turning the people of the U.S. into murderers.

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Roadside Picnic - Arkady Strugatsky; Boris Strugatsky; Ursula K. Le Guin (Foreword by); Olena Bormashenko (Translator)
Call Number: Fic Strugatsky
Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who, despite the dangers, are compelled to go into the Zone to collect artifacts left by the alien visitors. The lucrative black market for these items makes the risk worthwhile. But then one of his trips, with friend Kirill, goes wrong, and that's when the trouble starts.

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Annihilation - Jeff Vandermeer
Call Number: Fic VanderMeer
What's going on in Area X? Is it the Garden of Eden or a place of evil? Can the four women of expedition number 12 get back alive? Nobody else has ...

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The Time Machine - H. G. Wells
Call Number: Fic Wells
ISBN: 0451528557
The Time Traveller journeys 800,000 years into the future and discovers two bizarre races at war on the Earth, the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks who appear to symbolize the men of tomorrow. Is this the future? Is love dead?

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Zone One - Colson Whitehead
Call Number: Fic Whitehead
ISBN: 0385528078
Mark Spitz, a soldier working to clear lower Manhattan of infected zombies, remembers his desperate fight for survival in the early days of the infection as he systematically covers the city.

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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits - David Wong
Call Number: Fic Wong
Zoey Ashe finds herself navigating a scarey futuristic city full of the fantastic, lurid, nightmarish and ridiculous, on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is a cat. Together, they will decide the future of mankind. Will Zoey figure it all out in time?

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The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey
Call Number: Fic Yancey
Having survived an alien invasion, Cassie sets out to rescue her brother with the help of a strange boy who may be one of the enemy aliens.

 

Non-Fiction

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Collapse - Jared Diamond
Call Number: 304.2 Diamond
ISBN: 0670033375
Presents a comprehensive historical narrative that describes how and why ancient civilizations such as the Anasazi, Maya, and the Polynesian culture on Easter Island failed and fell into ruin and examines how lessons learned from the past can help in preserving the future with such questions as: What economic, social, and political choices can we still make so that we don't meet the same end?

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The Sixth Extinction - Richard E. Leakey; Roger Lewin (Contribution by)
Call Number: 304.2 Leakey
ISBN: 0385468091
Argues that the sixth great extinction on Earth is underway, with 30,000 species disappearing every year. In the previous five extinctions, at least sixty-five percent of all species disappeared, the same rate at which they are now disappearing.

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The World Without Us - Alan Weisman
Call Number: 304.2 Weisman
ISBN: 0312347294
Presents a narrative nonfiction that examines the human impact upon the earth and how it would respond without the pressure of human presence.

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The World in 2050 - Laurence C. Smith
Call Number: 304.209 Smith
ISBN: 0525951814
What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Draws from global modeling research, analytical data, and travels throughout the Arctic Rim to provide an informed speculation on what the world will be like in 2050, predicting that the United States and seven other countries will become increasingly prosperous, powerful, and politically stable, while those closer to the equator will suffer water shortages, increased energy costs, coastal flooding, and other dilemmas.

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The Future of Life - Edward O. Wilson
Call Number: 333.95 Wilson
ISBN: 0679768114
Publication Date: 2003-03-11
Argues that many of the world's plants and animals are in danger of becoming extinct because of humans' misuse of the earth's resources and describes the species which are most at risk and spells out the choices we have to address the crisis and also a specific plan to correct it.

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Utopia - Thomas More; Paul Turner (Introduction by, Notes by, Translator)
Call Number: 335 More
ISBN: 0140449108
Presents Thomas More's vision of Utopia, an island where there is religious tolerance, provision for the aged and state ownership of land and which is populated by a perfectly organized and happy people.

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Dead Pool - James Lawrence Powell
Call Number: 363.6 Powell
ISBN: 0520254775
Discusses the dangers of global warming and drought as reservoirs in the Western U.S. dry up within the Colorado River basin, where citizens have become dependent on resources such as Lake Powell, which sits less than half full as of 2008.

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The Big Necessity - Rose George
Call Number: 363.72 George
ISBN: 0805082719
Describes ways that societies all over the world deal--and do not deal--with human waste, and covers the sewers of Paris, London, and New York City; examines the public toilets in India, China's biogas digesters, third world sanitation movements, the U.S. military laser elimination methods, and more.

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The Dirty Dozen - Bruce E. Johansen
Call Number: 363.73 JOH
ISBN: 0275977021
Examines the history, industrial uses, and harmful effects of twelve most commonly used organochloride chemicals, all of which have been banned or partially banned by the Stockholm Protocol of 2000. Topics are dioxins, PCBs (polychlorinated byphenyls), global warming and the Ozone layer and ozone depletion, synthetic toxins, organic pollutants and their estrogenic effect particularly on human fertility.

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High Tide - Mark Lynas
Call Number: 363.73 Lynas
ISBN: 0312303653
Offers a detailed analysis of how global warming is impacting the world and everyday life today, and warns of what will happen if steps are not taken now to stop the spread of global warming.

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The Weather of the Future - Heidi Cullen
Call Number: 363.738 Cullen
ISBN: 9780061726941
Examines research and projections about climate change to predict how global warming may affect various parts of the world, including Africa, Australia, California, the Arctic, and New York, if nothing is done to stop it. Includes maps and statistics of each area, and also United States state-by-state statistics on temperature change.

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Forecast - Stephan Faris
Call Number: 363.738 Faris
ISBN: 0805087796
Discusses how climate change will alter the politics, economy, and culture of the future in various places as water becomes more scarce, crops begin to fail in traditionally lush areas, and populations shift, causing political alliances to be redrawn.

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Early Spring - Amy Seidl
Call Number: 363.738 Seidl
ISBN: 9780807085844
A message from an ecologist and mother, Amy Seidl, as she documents the climate changes in her local Vermont environment from global warming, such as spring flowers that blossom before the pollinators arrive, the ponds that no longer freeze in the winter, and changes in animal migration patterns.

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Waste - Tristram Stuart
Call Number: 363.8 Stuart
ISBN: 0393068366
Traces the problem of world hunger along the length of the food chain, arguing that consumers in North America and Europe discard half their food as waste while crops in developing countries rot because there is no way to process, store, and transport them to market.

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Death from the Skies! - Philip C. Plait
Call Number: 520 Plait
ISBN: 9780670019977
What if....? We're swallowed by a black hole? The Sun dies? We're hit by a meteor? An astronomy primer uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain some of the universe's most interest-piquing phenomena in a comprehensive and humorous guide that also explains how life on Earth would be affected should the cataclysmic events occur.

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Spillover - David Quammen
Call Number: 614.4 Quammen
ISBN: 0393066800
What's the next Big One? Where and how will it start? Can we stop it? If not, are we ready? Discusses the animal origins of emerging human diseases, looking at recent outbreaks of Ebola, Marburg, AIDS, SARS, avian influenza, and Lyme disease; and considers whether or not these events are linked and how future epidemics can be prevented and stopped.

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The Hot Zone - Richard Preston
Call Number: 614.57 Preston
ISBN: 0679430946
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus.

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Enough: staying human in an engineered age - Bill McKibben
Call Number: 660.6 McKibben
ISBN: 0805075194
A personal view of the potential ethical consequences of human genetic engineering, arguing that limits must be set or human life will lose its meaning.

 

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