Book: Three Times Chosen by Alan J. Garnercategories: Book, Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Mermaids, Future Earth, Genetic Engineering, Three Times Chosen, The Chosen Trilogy, Alan J. Garner, Synergebooks, The Chosen One, Chosen Too, Science Fiction
Alan James Garnerabout this book: The final chapter in The Chosen Trilogy allowed the science fiction writer in me free reign to run wild. Rather than keep the story in the prehistoric past, as in The Chosen One and Chosen Too, I looked to the near future in which to place Three Times Chosen. Genetic engineering has reshaped humankind to live an aquatic existence, but their idyllic seaworld is threatened by encroaching frog-men.
The extraterrestrial element is lessened in this volume, replaced by Man's erroneous belief in his own intellectual superiority. That same arrogance which led to the downfall of civilization now plays out as the salvation of the Merfolk. However, I couldn't resist inserting a sliver of alien input at the end of the book.
Even though I regard myself as chiefly a science fantasy author, Three Times Chosen is at heart an old fashioned sci-fi yarn, resplendent with Artificial Intelligence, automatons and atomics. It nicely rounds off the tale begun in the closing stages of the Age of Reptiles and continued in the middling era of the Age of Mammals, culminating in the Descent (not Ascent) of Man.
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