Shorn From The Dead
When William Harrington, Director of Security for the Community on an arid planetary colony, shows up at the research lab of his husband Andrew Caine, he's not a happy cowboy. He's come with a cease and desist order to shut down Drew's lab. Drew has been making Ronningers, Artificial Lifeforms (ALs), by fusing human bodies with nonhuman brains, and the means by which the cadavers are harvested has created a rift between the spouses.
Drew's delight at reuniting with Will after a long, chaste absence, plus the fact that they've known each other for over two hundred years,cuts no ice with William. The man he once loved has become, in his eyes, a murderer, a killer in vitro.
Drew, whose freckled face and copper-colored hair contrasts with William's tanned features, long dark hair and dapper clothing and who is excited to tell Will about his Ronninger design, is thrown by his husband's stern accusion. Drew claims his corpses are defective humans who as Ronningers will labor usefully for the colony, their unthinking, unfeeling bodies performing basic tasks.
William wants to replace the Ronningers with Proctors: living, brainwashed people of his and Drew's design, and the conflict between Drew and himself is not mitigated by Drew claiming Stafar Baghendi, the Colony Administrator, approves of his Ronninger project.
The story develops through moments of tenderness, bigotry, crisis, danger and agonizing hope, culminating in an amazing combination of the best of all the main characters in a dazzling finale.
Friday Baldwin's story of life, death and resurrection under the auspices of science will spark in you the desire to continue exploring the Phoenician world and learn of its terrors and wonders. A truly mind-blowing experience.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)