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Clay s Ark An alien disease transforms a portion of humanityOriginally published at Fantasy LiteratureClay s Ark 1984 was written last in Octavia Butler s 4 book PATTERNIST series but comes third in chronology It takes place after Wild Seed 1980 and Mind of My Mind 1977 in the post apocalyptic California desert Society has collapsed into armed enclaves marauding car amilies organ hunters and isolated towns It s along the lines of Mad Max with Twilights Burning fuel sources depleted and social infrastructure nonexistent violent death lurking at any moment and little roomor anything than survivalThis world is gradually revealed via two storylines one set in the past and the other in the present The past story arc is centered on an astronaut named Eli the only survivor of a spaceship called Clay s Ark that went on an exploratory mission to Proxima Centauri The mission encountered an alien microbe that affected and transformed their DNA or it s own purposes Eli survives the return to Earth but is infected with this microbe which imparts on its host increased strength endurance healing ability and appetite However it also enslaves humans by orcing them to spread the disease Namely the men The Ramayana feel an overwhelming urge to infect unaffectedemales and mate with them and infected women also Fuego y Sangre feel the same compulsion Infected men alsoeel intense aggression towards other males which leads to a lion s pride type social structure with the strongest males taking as many Pursuit (Star Wars: Boba Fett, females as possible andighting off competing males The most disturbing aspect of this book is that infected people are ully aware of these compulsions and rebel against them but cannot resist So they are both slaves and puppets to this alien microbe that drives them to animal like behavior In the current timeline we meet Blake a physician who still remembers pre collapse society and his twin daughters Rane and Keira Rane is healthy and confident while Keira suffers rom an incurable Lauri Törni - Legend - Larry Thorne form of leukemia The story wastes no time in throwing them into trouble as their car is stopped by two men whoorce them at gunpoint to return with them to a remote enclave in the desert As the story progresses we learn that this community is led by از دیار آشتی former astronaut Eli and consists of people infected by the sinister alien microbe brought backrom Proxima Centauri They are no longer in control of their actions as the disease transforms both their bodies and social relations The classic Butler themes of domination enslavement power and strange sexual relations are on The Kite full display here It s not an easy reading experience and I m sure that s one reason that Butler s books are not widely read but they are certainly challenging andorce the reader outside their comfort zone We have no choice but to go along with the difficult decisions the characters The Power of Place face in whether to submit to an alien virus that will transform them Butler seemsixated on the idea of humans being transformed into something alien both and less than human The process of transformation is always difficult painful and invasive and people often don t survive Butler seems to revel in throwing readers and her characters into uncomfortable situations This was also the case in the previous books Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind though the transformation was psychic in nature So thematically Clay s Ark delves into the same territory but does not Thoughtful Interaction Design feature any of the telepathsrom the previous books It s an interesting choice to group this book into the PATTERNIST series but if we consider the order of publication then the reasons are clear Patternmaster was Butler s A course in Game Theory first book written in 1976 andeatures both Patternists and Clayarks in a Topless Cellist faruture society so she was been The Wild Queen (Young Royals, filling in the backstory of that initial book over the next 8 years With the exception of Kindred in 1979 all of Butler s earlier books are set in the PATTERNIST universe Her subseuent major series were the XENOGENESIS trilogy and Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents Parable of the Trickster was neverinished and I think her writing met with greater critical acclaim as her ideas gained in sophistication Her untimely death was a great loss to the SF community Clay s Ark is narrated by Neal Ghant and I liked his strong voice and spare style This is a harsh story and his delivery is eually harsh He imbues the characters with the appropriate level of desperation as they Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality face death andight Learning and Development for survival in this unforgiving world In particular he does a good job of depicting the struggle against the Clayark disease and the horror of being compelled by an alien microbe This book would make an intense if bleak post apocalyptic actionilm and Denzel Washington would make a great leading manhold on that was already done by the Hughes Brothers in Book of Eli Where Butler gets it right always gets it right is in the Arduino Development Cookbook fascinating premises she builds her novels on Where she occasionally gets it wrong is in the developmentButler published Patternmaster in 1974 and then spent the next eight yearsilling in the history of the Mastering Gephi Network Visualization faruture world she had created This produced Wild Seed which became one of her best This is the third book I ve read in the Patternist series going in the order they are collected in Seed To Harvest I previously read Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind and those two books were directly related with a The Canadian Regime few of the same characters 200 years down the road However I didn t notice any direct links between Clay s Ark and Mind of My Mind but maybe I missed something Anyway here s the plot in a nutshell an astronaut has crash landed on Earth carrying with him a contagious disease organismrom another galaxy The organism assumes control over a human s body and makes it act in accordance with staying alive and spreading the disease to others It s like an evolutionary survival instinct except now humans are just a host or the real survivors Don t want to give much about the story away even if it wouldn t spoil the enjoyment of the read The story is told in chapters that alternate between the past when the astronaut irst crash landed on Earth to the present when a ather and his daughters are kidnapped by a strange cult The setting is in the USA around the year 2060 I think and now the country is divided into safe enclave communities and everything else which is ruled by gangs and thieves Just as with the irst two Patternist stories I read Clay s Ark incorporates many of the same themes gender race evolution survival breeding programs and mora. In a violent near uture Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life orm so heinous and destructive they exile themselv.
Ene changes its victims behavior and thoughts driving them to infect other people so that the disease can survive and spread The carriers remain in some control of themselves able to choose to stay in an isolated ranch instead of going into a city and infecting a vast population but most of their decisions do revolve around the propagation of the disease making them selfish in ways similar to the psychics of Mind of My Mind So the three kidnapped people not yet changed by the disease are able to struggle against it and speak loudly about the problems it will cause Un Cadeau pour ma Femme for humanityI thought that these viewpoint characters would give the book a warmer easiereeling a heartier and obvious sense of moral indignation maybe But they don t Perhaps because it s so clear that they cannot avoid being infected and eventually becoming just like the other carriers of the disease since this is certain their goal of escaping is oolish because it will be almost impossible to do so without acting as vectors I can t really root or them it s too Shadow Bound frustratingThere s a temptation to rootor the disease It makes its carriers the ones who survive stronger Mapapansin Kaya? faster perceptive immune to most other illnesses As with the psi powers of Doro s children it suggests The next stage in human evolution warning TV tropes link don t get sucked in a concept with all kinds of problematic baggage Clay s Ark offers much toeed curiosity about a humanity changed by the disease but even the confirmed carriers who are driven to spread it even when actually acknowledging We are the Buntus Foclora future do so with a sense of grim inevitability instead of hopeAnother unpleasant thing about Clay s Ark is that the disease can be spread sexually and it strengthens the heterosexual sex drive Carrierseel driven to have heterosexual intercourse with uninfected people I think the reasoning is that the disease is affecting reproductive mechanisms in order to produce offspring who are carriers because anyone can catch it through just a scratch Still there are no test cases of strictly homosexual or asexual people prepubescent children or postmenopausal women I wouldn t want to inflict this situation on characters but the result is a bit sloppily heterosexist Some of these characters Life at the End of thevTunnel fear they may be driven to rape Butler carefully avoids having any of the carriers rape with physicalorce but given that none of them would be having sex without the disease it s not exactly consensual at bestThe sexual spread of the disease in Clay s Ark compares with the development of populations with psi abilities in Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind Those abilities are strictly genetic but again their transmission is テンカウント 2 [Ten Count 2] forced Doro breeds his people like pedigree animals People with strong psi abilities repel each other so Doro resorts to murderous measures to coerce them into reproducing This masterminded eugenics is just as much rape as the uncontrollable sex drive produced by the disease They re two sides of the same coin that paysor The Next Stage in Human Evolution which is one of several good reasons to Моя семья и другие звери; Птицы, звери и родственники find it too expensive This was the most disturbing book by Octavia E Butler that I have read yeturther inspiring my desire to have a conversation with her to The Herd from 93rd find out just how that brain worked Her concepts areascinating even when as disturbing as this onePerhaps it was the violence against young children that has me troubled The ending certainly is not Manual for Planetary Leadership (Easy-to-Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path) for theaint of heart However I did not dislike this book because of this My dislike comes perhaps The Audio Expert from a bias regarding its place as part of the Seed to Harvest collectionClay s Ark carries the similar theme of a community of humans mutated both physically and psychologically who mustight against outward and inward Dawnkeepers (The Nightkeepers, forces to maintain their humanity a theme that dominates just about every book I ve readrom this author Beyond that and the name there is very little that relates it to the Patternists created by Mary in Mind of My Mind or the superhumans created by Doro beginning in Wild Seed In خدا بود و دیگر هیچ نبود fact Clay Dana s involvement is not mentioned until than half way through the book I took a uick peek at theirst Shemonah Perakim few pages of Patternmaster and I see the results of Clay s Ark may play a part in that story butor now it is an odd addition to the series that perhaps was not intended to be part of the series at all considering it was created several years after Patternmaster Alright This is the third or 101 ways to improve your life fourth Patternmaster book I m reading depending on which order you read and by now they all seem to be the same plot but with different characters A group of people or individuals have to have sex to survive This one wentrom Butler s usual dub con and sexual coersion straight into incestuous rape attempt and I think I ve had my share of that theme now Every conversation is about rape wondering about rape Torakoita ja panssarivaunuja fearing rape asking about rape being empowered through rape being killed by rape all the sorts I ever didn t want to imagine I need a break okay This could easily be read as a brief standalone novel Rather thanly a wealthy Fenton Glass Compendium familyrom a rich area takes a drive on the violent dangerous roads between enclaves and gets kidnapped Butler s series theme of genetics this time concerns an alien microbe that mutates human hosts Fascinating storyas always Enjoyable but certainly not the best of the Patternist series The characters are thin even Inside the U D A for Butler and I never couldully suspend my disbelief in their motivations and subseuent actions Without giving too much away the only character I did have any affectionempathy A Medieval Christmas for I ll let you guess ended up dying gruesomely haha Oh wellHowever Butler does a tremendous job of describing the insidious and terrifying symptoms of the Clay s Ark disease ie the physical changes the urges need to infect etc She s just so good at providing believable visceral descriptions of what people are experiencing it s a strength across all of her books soar as I can tell And to some degree this phenomenological approach does make up or the thin characterizations at the story s best points I was turning pages just to read about the disease The book still suffers rom some explain y hand wavy writing which is unfortunate and possibly attributable to the سایه لای پوست fact that Butler wrote Clay s Ark as a kind of background postscript to the Patternist seriesAnyway not a bad book and this is the closest we ll ever get to the book that I always wantedrom Butler Scratching Where It Itches A Day in the Life of a Clayark. Elinuish humanity and ree will Desperate they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland and endanger the world.
Lity As I ve come to expect Butler never gives an easy answer to any of these ideas and instead poses situations in which morality seems like a luxury in the ace of survival She masterfully creates situations in which there seems to be no right answer and the reader cannot root Territory for one decision or the other but instead wait to see how everything unfolds The characters were sympathetic andlawed and her choice of characters were uite interesting What I love about Butler s stories is that even the people who seem to be perpetrating a bad situation once told Shades of Love from the other perspective one can see how the bad guys are not really bad at all but just other people with another perspective Indeed this element is really strong in Clay s Ark Whatever awards Ms Butler received in her lifetime she surely deserved them and then some Her writing is a great example of how scienceiction is the genre that is often best suited to handle the big uestions about human nature and where it might be headed I enjoyed the purity of this science Kaplan Medical USMLE Examination Flashcards fiction tale on the theme of alien possession In this short novel of less than 200 pages we are subjected to an intense story of survival of a singleamily with the The Crooked Maid fate of the human race at stake The terrible choices they must make put it over the line into the territory of psychological horror What makes this book stand out is its use of the story as a doorway to larger themes of what it means to be human and to be part of a communityWritten in 1984 the tale is set in the California Mojave Desert in 2021 close to our present but 40 yearsrom then The projection is of a dystopic Consumer Behavior future in which civilization is on the bleeding edge The haves live in gated compounds and the have nots live in sewers vast regions dominated by lawless gangs A doctor and his two 16 year old daughters end up being kidnapped by a community of people infected by microscopic organisms brought back by an astronaut returningrom Alpha Centauri For the subset of humans who survive the infection the alien invaders act symbiotically to change the host in certain ways to enhance their survival and the hosts I can t spoil the story with any details but I can share that it puts the amily in the position of having to choose whether to resign themselves to living with the altered human enclave or to escape and risk creating an uncontrollable epidemic The book is the last in the set of our books and second in chronology termed the Patternist series which started with The Patternmaster in 1976 The others of which I have read one deal in various ways with alien modified humans trying to take over Earth Whereas these others deal with the threat of beings with telepathic powers here the threat is closer to home in that the organisms seem in a sense to be bringing the conflict down to an individual s limbic system versus higher brain systems The book seems to uestion whether our humanity lies with our emotional or out rational selves I was impressed with this icing on the cake of a thriller yarn He had started what could become an epidemic Now if he were going to be able to live with himself at all he had to contain it That sounds like a good tagline Black Ice for an ad posteror this book However as it was published in 1984 I doubt such a poster existsOctavia Butler is one of my all time The Dirty Pair Strike Again (The Dirty Pair, favorite authors my reviews of her books tend to be somewhatanboyish short on objectivity and of course completely unprofessional this not being my profession Still I BDSM find it uite pleasant to enthuse about her to anyone who would listen and also those who would not Clay s Ark is ostensibly part of Ms Butler s Patternmaster Series However it reads entirely like a standalone I have read the two previous volumes Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind and I cannotind any connection to this book I have heard that there is a connection somewhere on one page but it must have slipped under my radar Perhaps it is better this way so that anyone can just pick up and read this book without worrying about transpires in previous volumes Clay s Ark is set in a near Fatal Obsession future dystopia where people live walled up communities called enclaves to protect themselvesrom marauding outlaws Eli Doyle is a The Perfect Duet former astronaut the lone surviving crew member of the Clay s Ark spaceship which crash landed in a Mojave desert The entire crew of this ship has been infected by an alien virus sized microbe that give them enhanced strength and agility in exchangeor considerable loss of humanity and agency The microbe creates a compulsion or the host to spread its disease Doyle does not remember why he is the only surviving crew member he does not want to spread the disease he knows it will spell the end of the human race as we know it but he has to the microbe will not be deniedThe theme of parasitic symbiosis is one which Butler has returned to a ew times in her body of work particularly Bloodchild and Lilith s Brood In all these works she explores the human condition that we take Comfort (Ann Fay Honeycutt for granted and the effect of the loss or involuntary modification of humanity Clay s Ark presents the reader with the moral dilemma of the people who have contracted the Clay s Ark disease They do their best to isolate themselvesrom the human population in order to avoid creating an unstoppable global epidemic and mutations yet the microbe compels them to Kasihku Abadi find new carriersor the disease two conflicting goals with a Ritchie County in history and romance foreseeable outcome In this novel the good guys are bad guys who want to be good Clay s Ark like all Octavia Butler books that I have read is very well written with complex characters cool SFnal concepts and ideas worth pondering all wrapped up in aast paced and compelling narrative At irst I expected Clay s Ark to have human interest or me than Mind of My MindBoth novels concern a sort of new development Savage Salvation for humanity Mind of My Mind has people with psychic abilities who are gaining power by working as a group and Clay s Ark has an isolated set of people infected by an alien disease which changes them completely All of the major characters in Mind of My Mind were part of the in group of psychics there was no real voiceor the ordinary humans whom the psychics were able to use and prey on I think this had a purpose in the novel but one of the effects was to make it cold the psychic characters are difficult to sympathize withMore than half of Clay s Ark is told rom the perspective of three people who are kidnapped by the disease carriers The disease like a souped up Selfish Es in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony nut to succumb is to
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Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer one of the best known among the few African American women in the field She won both Hugo and Nebula awards In 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant