A Tale Meant to Inform, Not to Amuse

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Science  14 Nov 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5648, pp. 1154-1155
DOI: 10.1126/science.1089661

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Oryx and Crake A Novel. by Margaret Atwood. Nan A. Talese (Doubleday), New York, 2003. 393 pp. $26. ISBN 0-385-50385-7.

Set in an indeterminate future devastated by a virulent plague, Atwood's most recent novel presents a dystopia that arose through unintended consequences of bioengineering, cloning, and agricultural hybridization.